Friday, January 29, 2016

Homeschool Week 20: Intro to Ancient Egypt

Homeschool Week 20: Intro to Ancient Egypt
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Hi, all! You read that correct. My four year old and six year old are learning about Ancient Egypt.  A few months ago, we were blessed to be able to review a Biblical curriculum called Tapestry of Grace: Primer.  I will be posting the full review on Monday, and you don't want to miss it because you may be able to win a copy for yourself!  You can also head to their website and download the first 3 weeks of lessons free!

These are last week's lessons and I am busy catching up to have this week's lessons posted soon. Hope you are all well and thanks for stopping by to check out our homeschool week :)

Bible:
Monday - Today, we read Genesis 37 on how Joseph has a dream where all his brothers bundles of wheat bow down to him.  Upon hearing this dream, the brothers out of jealousy sell him as a slave, and tell their father a wild animal killed him.

Tuesday - We read Genesis 39-41 about Potiphar's wife lying about Joseph, and him getting thrown into jail because of her false accusations.  It is here, he starts to interpret dreams and then is called to interprets the Pharaoh's dream.

Wednesday - Reading in Genesis 40-41 today, we learn that Joseph does go to the Pharaoh to interpret his dream.

Thursday - We read Genesis 41-45 today about Pharaoh putting Joseph in charge, and how this saved Egypt from starving.  It has been years since he has seen his brothers, but yet the brothers end up going to Egypt because they are seeking food.  Joseph recognizes his brothers, but they do not recognize them.  He has them thrown into prison and only release them, if they promise to bring their youngest brother, Benjamin back. He then places a silver cup in Benjamin's sack to test if his brothers have changed.  The brothers step up to take Benjamin's place as he is their father's favorite son. It is now Joseph reveals he who is.

Friday - We read Exodus 1-2 about Pharoah saying all baby boys had to be thrown into the Nile, where they would most likely be eaten by crocodiles.  A baby named Moses is placed in a basket and is watched by sister, Miriam get carried down the Nile.  The Pharoah's daughter sees the baby and plans to keep the baby and not hurt him, so Miriam comes out of hiding and asks if she needs to get a woman from the village to nurse the infant.  She agrees, and Moses' biological mother comes to nurse her own son for the Pharoah's daughter.

Math:
Monday - We made some salt dough today and the boys had to measure and mix the ingredients.


Tuesday - B worked on adding sums without items his workbook, and G worked on learning to add in his.

Friday - G finished his math workbook for the year, and is starting on another one! Both the boys worked on some addition; B learning adding with 7 and 8.

Social Studies:
Monday - We learned about how the ancient Egyptians lived along the Nile River, because this was the only place crops would grow.  One a year, rain would flood the Nile and provide rich soil.  We also learned how camels were used for traveling traders, who were carrying spices and incense to Egypt.  These travelers may have been the ones who purchased Joseph as a slave.  We also learned about the dyes the Egyptians used.

Tuesday - Today's lessons included learning about the differences between the rich (Pharaoh) and the poor Egyptians. (slaves)  They all had houses built of mud bricks.  Ordinary homes had just a bed, a table and 2 chairs. The walls were white, and they had a flat roof or small yard to help keep cool.  Richer folks had decorations on their walls, pools and gardens.

Wednesday - The boys and I reviewed the oceans and continents of the world, and also some musical instruments from different countries.  This month's Little Passports was on Music so we learned about the djembe in Africa, didgeridoo in Australia, the gong in China, and bagpipes of Scotland.


We also learned the differences between Egyptian men and women.  Children were expected to help work, and were named after gods or goddesses.  Boys were mostly taught to read and write, with only richer girls having the ability to do the same.

Thursday - In today's lesson, we discussed the differences of clothing between poor and rich Egyptians.

Friday - We talked about the geography of the Nile River, and how it flows up.  We learned about Lower and Upper Egypt, and also talked about mummies and pyramids.

Science:
Wednesday - Our Magic School Bus Science Club mailing this month was on gases, liquids and solids.  We did Experiment 5 today on making goop, and Experiment 3 on watching a tablet fizz in a glass of water.

Magic School Bus Science Club

Magic School Bus Science Club


Friday - We did Experiment 1 where we saw what happens to raisins in seltzer water, and the reason behind what it does.  It's such a cool subscription, because it comes with mostly everything you need.  The boys were fascinated and grossed out with the experiments we did this week!

Language Arts:
Monday - We read chapters one and two in Mummies in the Morning.

Tuesday - B worked on ending consonants today in his workbook.  He also did Lessons 17 and 18 in First Language Lessons, where he learned about the names and places of proper and common names.  G did Lesson 13 in 100 Easy Lessons, and learned how to read sad, mad, eat, meat, read, am, ram and me.  His first reading assignment had him read, "See Me Eat" and he answered his first set of reading comprehension questions!

Wednesday - We read chapters three through six in  Mummies in the Morning.

Thursday - We read chapters seven through eight in   Mummies in the Morning.

Friday - We finished  Mummies in the Morning today, and also read If I Built a Car.

Writing:
Tuesday - G wrote the letters s, a, and d.  B wrote the first two lines of a poem, and also the name of our city and state.


Friday - B wrote out his vocabulary words for the week: Nile River, Pharaoh, Palace, harvest, crocodile, Joseph, Moses, and Miriam. 

Electives:
Monday - The boys had fun making salt dough ornaments with their Star Wars Cookie Cutters.

Star Wars Cookie Cutters

Salt Dough Ornaments

Tuesday - G worked on a cut and paste activity that went along with his writing lesson.

Wednesday - The souvenir item in Little Passports this month was a music CD of songs around the world.  The boys' favorite was definitely La Cucaracha.  They sang and danced to that today.

Thursday - We painted the salt dough ornaments today and then the boys had some friends come over.  I wrote a post this week on what ended up happening today, that ended this friendship between two of these children and my sons.  It was something that had been a long time coming and something I intensely prayed on.  It was still a shame it ended the way it did though.

Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt Dough Ornaments

Can you believe January is almost over? I feel like this month flew by! Thanks for stopping by to share our week!

Blessings,

Kelly

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14 comments:

  1. What a wonderful week. We had to much fun learning about Ancient Egypt.

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    1. Hi, Mother of 3! We really enjoyed this study! It was fun. Thanks for commenting and hope you have an awesome weekend :)

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  2. We had so much fun when we did Ancient Egypt with Story of the World. One of my favorite memories was when I found my then 2-year-old daughter playing with a cardboard box. When I asked what she was playing, she said "Mummy in the sarcophagust" Please join us at Literacy Musing Mondays http://www.foreverjoyful.net/?p=782. I am always happy to include you book giveaways in my giveaway roundup if you let me know about them. Blessings!

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    1. Hi, The Forever Joyful Homeschool! That is so cool! It is amazing what children can pick up, no matter how young they are! What a special memory to share. Thanks for telling me about Literacy Musing Mondays and for including my giveaways. I appreciate that. Thanks for commenting and hope you have an amazing weekend :)

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  3. Thanks for sharing this...I had a similar situation happen, and also made the decision to not allow some children in our home.

    I wanted to tell you, too, that there have been times when people have showed up at my door unexpectedly, and I have not welcomed them in because I was ashamed at the state of home. I am a single mom myself, and those first few years it was all I could handle to keep us in clothes and fed. I am ashamed of it now, but not letting you in - this mom may have felt guilt and shame as I did back then.

    Blessings to you!

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    1. Hi, Lisa! Thank you for sharing your perspective; that made me feel better. My Mom was a single Mom too and as the oldest child, I saw her struggle with many things at first also. I think that's why I felt as compassionate for these neighborhood children and their Mom. I knew what they were going through, and wanted to try to help. I appreciate you leaving a comment and hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

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  4. What fun to learn about music around the world! I like to play music from other countries through our SmartKidz Media online subscription. :)

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    1. Thanks, Shecki! I will have to look into the SmartKidz Media! Thanks for commenting and hope you have a wonderful week :)

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  5. I really admire you moms that do homeschool. This looks great. Thanks for linking up at Family Joy Blog Link up party.

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    1. Thanks for hosting Family Joy Blog Link Up Party, Charlene! I feel very blessed to be able to homeschool my sons. It can be both fun and challenging, but I love it. Thanks so much for commenting and hope you have an amazing week :)

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  6. Ancient Egypt is always such an interesting topic! I remember when our son first learn about it he took the box our new vacuum had come in and made a sarcophagus out of it, HA! Love all of your science experiments to! #HipHomeschoolMoms

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    1. Hi, Erin and thanks for visiting from #HipHomeschoolMoms! That is too cool about the box being a sarcophagus! They are so creative! The science experiments have been fun, and super easy! Thanks so much for commenting and hope you have a wonderful week :)

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  7. We have loved learning about Ancient Egypt, it is one of my kids favorites units! It looks like you guys had a wonderful time learning about it too, your children are blessed to have you as their mother! About the neighbor children, we have had multiple issues very similar to what your family has gone through. It saddens my heart to have to break up a friendship of my children, but know it is what God wants for the situation. I will keep your family in my prayers that your kids are able to find some good friends who have respect for your family! Have a blessed week!!

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    1. Nicole, thank you so much your amazing and kind comment! I appreciate the prayer for my family. It has been hard having my sons understand this. We really enjoyed learning about Ancient Egypt, and I am so glad to hear that your kids did as well. Thanks again for your kindness and hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

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