Annie’s Italy Project

     We are doing a home school study of Italy.  Each child selected a project, has done research, is writing a report, and is creating a 3D model.
     Jake is doing “The Building of the City of Rome.”  He is beginning with Romulus and Remus and going through the sack of Rome in 410 AD.
     Mary is doing the Roman Forum, using that as a touchstone for discussions on the political life and the economy of Ancient Rome.
     Clare is doing the geography of Italy: theAlps and the Appeninnes mountain range, the plains, the Mediterranean Sea, the volcano, Mt. Etna.

     Leigh is doing Italian Art: Giotto, Simone Martini, Michaelangelo, Botticelli, Bernini.  She can identify dozens of paintings, sculptures and architectural locations, and tell you where they are located.

     But the BIG SURPRISE is that Annie now has a project!  It happened quite without my trying.  It just so happened that Mary and Jake are in a Shakespeare play, “Taming of the Shrew.”  There was a need for a paper mache lute, and so I volunteered to make it (Why???  Not sure).
     Well, having made the lute, we were playing with it, and again by total coincidence, Annie was walking about butt naked.  I realized: Rosso Fiorentino!!!!!!
“Cherub with a Lute”:

    We have one of our very own!!!