We had an amazing week here learning history, the girls are just loving every minute of our history lessons and beg to do more every day (now I call that a win)!
This week we covered chapter 2 of Story of the World volume 1, this chapter covers the first Egyptians living along the Nile. In addition to our weekly readings and book work we discussed irrigation canals and the flooding of the Nile, and what that means for the people, animals and plants etc. We looked up Egypt and the Nile on a world map and examined where the Kingdoms of Upper and Lower Egypt were located. The girls then watched a YouTube story Croco’nile before moving onto the activities.
Our first activity was an immense success; making a model Nile. They filled a plastic tub up each with potting mix, added a foil “Nile” down the middle and then decorated their scene with farm animals, trees and rocks. We even had a giant fish swimming in one of our Nile’s lol. Once these were decorated to the girl’s satisfaction grass seeds were sprinkled over their creations carefully avoiding the actual river bit. The final step (which surprisingly turned out to be the most fun of all I was informed) was “flooding” their Nile so that their crop could grow. And now comes the hard part, waiting. Hopefully these models will sprout soon but in the mean time they are asking to check every few hours, it could be a very long wait for Mummy at this rate.
Decorating the banks of the Nile.
The finished scenes.
And finally the most important step, flooding the Nile!
For our second activity day we did Pharaoh crafts and dress-ups. They made arm bands and bangles using toilet rolls and stick on gems, and them made Pharaoh collars from an old cereal box decorated with pieces of coloured paper.
My little Pharaohs all dressed up.
And not to be left out, our baby had a blast wearing the left over piece of the cereal box as a collar, kept her amused for hours!
Well that about sums up our week of history here except for one small tangent that had me off googling to discover if ants have teeth in order to resolve an ongoing debate between us all (while the girls completed their Pharaoh jewellery). For the record ants do not have teeth and mummy won that debate lol. What a great week it has been, I love homeschooling!
And finally, here is our history lesson plan for this week: SOTW week 3