No, Natalia did not have some terrible accident. Her face, of course, is Mount Vesuvius. Exploding. And if she looks at you and shouts, "BAM!"... Well, you're frozen in time like the people who died instantly at Pompeii. In the background, incidentally, is Mount Vesuvius... I took these pictures when our group was near Naples.
She has been shrieking "BAM!" a lot.
The younger kids painted each other's faces and bodies the other day at the beach, picking some theme related to their trip to Italy. They had so much fun!
Luckily that lovely black and red mess washed off in the salt water!
Natalia and I, unfortunately, never did make it to Pompeii the other day... She was still too sick to go... There's no way I could have taken her on a day trip of outdoor walking in very hot sun while she had a fever...
She did, however, sit in on the classes I taught about Pompeii and she is now obsessed with volcanoes.
This is what I did:
- Based on their trip to sites from Ancient Rome, I asked the kids to imagine what daily life was like during that time. How did people spend their time? What kinds of jobs did people do? What did they do for fun? What was home life like?
- We then wrote those ideas on slips of paper and they had to draw one out of a hat and act it out. For this part they spoke English and made little dialogues with a partner for their scenes.
- I then put on a piece of music that sounds "happy-go-lucky," but has some tension, barely noticeable, in the background--but it slowly builds... During this, for almost a minute, they acted out their scenes all at the same time, without talking.
- When the cymbals then clash and there's an "explosion," I stopped the music and shouted, "FREEZE!" They then stayed in whatever position they had been in.
- I then shouted, "You're not in Rome... You're in Pompeii, and you have all just died! Look around at all of your classmates... Everyone in Pompeii was just going about normal life that fateful day in August 79 AD... Those figures you'll see tomorrow were actual people, many your age, with similar daily routines..."
I hoped that by doing this exercise, they would see Pompeii from a more personal point-0f-view. I couldn't accompany them on that day trip, but they told me afterward what a super time they had.