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Monday Mix-ins: Medici and Sforza


Portraits of the Medici Family {image from Wikimedia Commons}

So… we’re settling into our new website and blog home – what do you think of the new look? Pretty snazzy, right? We are still working on a few things to make our site and our blog as friendly, valuable, and efficient as we can, but we hope you’ll explore the site and feel right at home! One quick announcement before we get into today’s content:

Tonight we come together for our once-a-trimester Parent History/Literature Training! These evenings are incredibly informative, entertaining, and helpful for SLOCA parents, giving us an overview of what we will be studying this trimester with our children. We encourage parents to come tonight and listen to teachers Lisa Ann Dillon and Sarah Shotwell take us back in time to the Renaissance as we look forward to what the trimester holds. 

We are diving deeper into the Renaissance in class at at home – here are a few optional Mix-ins for this week (or any time of the year):

Map of Italian City States in 1494

The Renaissance Connection – an interactive educational website about Renaissance innovations, created by the Allentown Art Museum

10 Intriguing Facts about the Medici – from

Spotlight: Renaissance on the Kids Discover website – There are lots of pictures to go along with the overview of the Renaissance here.

Medici Family Tree – from PBS, with links about the key figures

More portraits of the Medici family and an extended family tree can be found on Wikipedia – scroll down toward the bottom of the page.

Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance – This is season 4 of the documentary series “Empires” and is all about the Medici family, with 4 episodes (each about an hour long) available to watch on Amazon Prime. It's rated TV-PG and we have not previewed it, so it may not be suitable for young children, but parents might enjoy these videos. Use parental discretion, and/or watch with your older children. They can also be found here on YouTube, if you don’t have an Amazon Prime subscription.

BBC’s The Medici Makers of Modern Art – here’s another documentary about the Medici family, and how they influenced Renaissance Florence and art. This is mostly okay for kids, but has a couple of “grown-up” comments.

Sforza Castle – Milan, Italy – a short video of the castle grounds, looks like it was made by a tourist.

Sforza Castle Photo Album


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