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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Mummies among us

For those that don't know, I am home schooling the boys. I'm using this summer to work out any kinks, to learn how they learn the best, and making sure this is something that I can do. I'm pretty relaxed right now, {it's summer after all} but the boys really like learning, so why not keep it up.

Last month we learned about dinosaurs. That was a lot of fun as we talked about the meat eaters and plant eaters. We were even able to go to the dinosaur museum while we were in Utah. It's a lot of fun listening to them tell me all about the things that they learn.
This month we are working on Ancient Egypt. We have learned about the continent that Egypt is on, the longest river and of course the pyramids. James is fascinated about the canopic jars, and the mummies. So one morning... he died, and what else were we to do. So we did what anybody else in ancient Egypt would do {assuming you were a person of importance} We took his brains out his nose, and then open him up and put his soft organs in canopic jars to be saved for later. Then we wrapped him up. {we didn't have any proper wrap....} So using toilet paper, Tommy and I mummified him. Lucky for us James did come back... the after life came quickly for him.

Then Tommy died....
And so did I...

Here is "James" in hieroglyphics, he did a really good job looking at the pictures and drawing them.


That night {since we were all in the afterlife together} we had an Egyptian meal. We had Numora {like a cake}, Hummus and pita bread, dates, & beef and eggplant... it was suppose to be lamb and eggplant, but we did not take enough money with us into the after life and I was not going to be paying $40 for lamb... Everything was really good!!!


This has been a fun unit to work on and the boys really have gotten into it. Once we get to North Carolina {where will the base of operations for a bit, while the husband searches for a more permanent place of residence in Florida} we are going to learn about Joseph and the coat of many colors, and Moses. Now that they know where Egypt is, and it's familiar.
I think this will be a good thing.

11 comments:

Melissa said...

That looks so fun. I think creative learning makes a much more lasting impression on kids.

Camie said...

That is so amazing! What a great hands on activity and dinner looked fantastic! You are so super creative.

Dreamgirl said...

I'm in AWE! You are like my supermom hero! Now I'm a teacher and sometimes I wrinkle my nose a little bit when people say they home-school - can't be as good as we do...

But hey, you proved me wrong lady! There is NO way ANYONE could have done a better job teaching about Egypt! YOU SMART WOMAN! Even food! OH, again I salute you!

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Please visit me at Sweeter Living too - a little bit more personal than the HOUSE blog.

Have a super-duper weekend. And good luck with other interesting countries and cultures. I can't wait to see!

Alicia said...

That is so awesome! How cool! I don't have the patience for homeschooling.... that's amazing!

Brandy said...

Haha, this was a cute post.

saw you on SITS! Happy Saturday Sharefest. :)

Aimee said...

What a fun lesson! Homeschooling is great, isn't it? My kids always learn more from lessons like this than typical book learning. In the 3rd grade my son studied the 50 states. We made food that represented each one of them. He still remembers facts about the states because of that and that was 3 years ago!

The Main Ladybug said...

Whewwwww, I'm tired just reading your profile - you go, Girl!

You were the comment before me on SITS, and I'm just popping over to say good morning!

Bec said...

Your mummies are the cutest things I have ever seen! I bet the boys had so much fun wrapping each other up!

Lisa Petrarca said...

Now that's a fun school!

Thanks for stopping by my Blog...I'm pretty sore today!!

Bentley Boutique said...

Boys, you just have to love 'em. They are precious. And you have a lot of patience! Stopping by from SITS

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Whitney said...

That is soo cool!!!!

Let me know all about the home schooling, I'm a big advocate for that!

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