Looking Back: Ancient Greece – Spartans

I’ve found the rest of my photos pertaining to our ancient Greek studies (still can’t find my Roman ones) and thought I’d post some of them in a few ‘looking back’ posts.  ‘Looking back’ posts are full of the learning we did prior to me keeping a blog.  As they are part of our past and contain many activities and memories we decided we would include them for posterity.  The children are about 8 years old.

This post covers the learning we did with the Spartans.  These are a couple of the non fiction books we used:

 

And these are the fiction books we read:

     
We made a few note pages about the Spartans:
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And completed the Spartan v Athenians part of the Ancient Greek History Pockets:
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The Usborne book above contains a double spread page about how the Spartans lived.  Instead of more note booking I asked the children to dress up and act out the two pages.  I then took photos:
When a baby was born, officials checked him over to ensure he was a strong baby.  If deemed too weak the baby was left to die.
When a baby was born, officials checked him over to ensure he was a strong baby. If deemed too weak the baby was left to die.
A man was educated by the state until he was twenty.  He then joined the army and stayed in barracks where conditions were harsh
A man was educated by the state until he was twenty. He then joined the army and stayed in barracks where conditions were harsh
He was allocated land and helots to work it.  This freed up the Spartan to pursue his military career
He was allocated land and helots to work it. This freed up the Spartan to pursue his military career
Spartans did not usually marry until age thirty.  They were not allowed to live with their wives but could visit occasionally
Spartans did not usually marry until age thirty. They were not allowed to live with their wives but could visit occasionally
The Spartan women also had to keep fit so they would give birth to strong babies
The Spartan women also had to keep fit so they would give birth to strong babies

We then turned these photos into note pages for the children as reminder:

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Such fun looking back!

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      1. I can relate – we have two tickle trunks of dress up clothes I’ve been collecting since Pea was oh so young, that she used to loooove to play with. Now I keep looking at it and debating donating it all – the girls have just outgrown it, but I’m not ready to let it go! Sniff, sniff as well!

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