Regular readers of this blog (if any) will be familiar with my repeated cry “Get Latin into your local paper.” Here’s another example from the USA. It’s not earth-shattering news, but it still got published. British schools please copy.
Sixth graders at Kimberton Waldorf School are learning about barbarians, patricians and plebians, soldiers and caesars as part of their in-depth study of Rome and Roman culture. As part of their lessons this semester, students presented projects reflecting many aspects of Roman culture.
“The students built models of ships from balsa wood, re-created aqueducts from sugar cubes, made scale models of Roman houses, and sewed doll-size Roman theatre costumes and traditional Roman garb for themselves to wear,” explained Carmen Maciarello, sixth grade teacher.
Through the study of Latin, and the legends and history of Rome, students can begin to see the ways in which our Greco-Roman roots affect us in the present. Our modern society reflects Roman qualities in civil justice, and in civil engineering — roads, aqueducts, sewage systems, heating, and much of the English language are based on Roman models.
Kimberton Waldorf School provides students with extensive opportunities to learn about various cultures through a block system that integrates all of the subjects in an experiential way. This method of learning helps to pull ideas out rather than stuffing information into the children.
Kimberton Waldorf School was founded in 1941, and is the second oldest Waldorf school in the United States. The campus includes 425 acres of woods, creek, farm, orchard and garden. The program serves children from pre-school through 12th grade.