No trip through Russia would be complete without reading about the Romanovs:
I found this book through an author event over at Amongst Lovely Things. Originally, I began reading it aloud to them but found it on CD so opted to give my voice some rest and let someone else do the reading. Now, this is a pretty intense book, written for grades 7 and up and ages 12 and up, and some of the details are very graphic. I knew my daughter would be able to handle it, but please pre-read it if you are going to use this as a read-aloud and there are young ones in your brood. Otherwise, let the older ones read it for themselves. It's such a sad and tragic story and the kids would go from being exasperated with the Romanvs to having pity for them. It was a very well written book.
Moving along with our trip, I gave the kids an art project that I found on Pinterest (Good ol' Pinterest!) They had to recreate St. Basil's Cathedral:
My daughter happened to be cold and chose to wear her jacket while working on her project. How apropos for Russia!
These were going into a notebook for the kids so in order to make it fit I had them create a picture of the cathedral at night (against black paper) and during the day (against blue paper). This took a lot of work and had to be completed over the course of the week. There was a lot of coloring, then a lot of cutting and finally a lot of positioning and gluing. The end result turned out great.
This is my son's finished work:
Here is my daughter's:
Aren't they so colorful? I showed them pictures of the actual cathedral online to help them determine how to color them.
We're almost done. Just a few more weeks and our third year of homeschooling is done!