We’re studying Egypt this summer.
It won’t be a deep study. I hope to give my kids (6- 13) an overview of Egyptian life, art, culture and religion. Please follow my Pinterest board and share pins with me.
We’ll also do a little language study, basic vocabulary and some cryptography using hieroglyphics. Just for fun.
Besides the library, we’ll be using these items:
Our neighbor, an older lady and an Egyptian by citizen! Hehehe (I think this might be the most fun!) She is the sweetest person.
Google Earth I am using the browser plugin for Google's browser Chrome.
This Youtube videos – I am still searching for others and will make a play list as I find them.
Nation Geographic Did You Know Egyptian Sand sculpting kit which I found at Wal-Mart (Stafford Tx) for $5.00
I created a long Wish list of items that might be useful for this. Have a look! My Amazon Wish List I always make a ‘shopping list’ like this for topics we’re covering then try to find the items locally; especially at the library.
However, I’m definitely getting these toys:
No doubt these will end up in the heroscape/hotwheels/lego world collections. But I think the hands on play with them will help reinforce what we’re covering. Also, they make great art studies for my older two to create drawings and paintings.
Finally, I wanted to generate some maps to show where the various kingdoms used to exists, and orient the interesting structures and monuments we will encounter.
Almost two decades ago we owned a piece of software that allowed you to see how national and regional boarders and land forms changed as the centuries went by. It was a lot of fun to sit with my little ones and compare for them where say, Babylon (from our bible studies) was and what was now in that area.
Unfortunately, that software is lost in the nether reaches of some closet or perhaps moldering in a trash heap! That’s just as well really as we no longer own the required kind of media reader and it’s doubtful it would work anyway! Windows 3.1 (or was it 98…) is ancient! But those kinds of maps would be fantastic for any History study.
This is pretty basic (the other software had more features). But I think it will suffice for our needs. Actually I quite like it – smooth interface, lots of good information in bite sized chucks the kids can make use of independently.
So there you go, the basics of a Unit Study. I am still organizing all of this into a good time line of topics.
If you've studied Egypt or some other culture and have tips to share I would love to hear them!