Studying Egypt

Pyramids.  Mummies.  Heiroglyphics.  The Nile.  Ancient Egypt is a fascinating era to study.

The kids and I have been going through Guerber’s Ancient World from Nothing New Press for our history this year.  We have just finished our studies of Egypt.

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We read a lot of great books:

Story of the Ancient World by H.A. Guerber and Christine Miller

The Usborne Encyclopedia of the Ancient World- like a museum in book form.  We loved looking at the pictures.

Shipwrecked Sailor by Tamara Bower- this was an interesting tale about a man who sailed on the Nile River and found a legendary island

Tutankhamen’s Gift by Robert Sabuda- we loved the briliant Egyptian pictures in this book about the young boy-king

Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki- interesting, albeit somewhat disgustng information about how mummies were made

Pyramid by David Macaulay- we really enjoyed this story of a Pharoah who began building his pyramid when we just started his reign, the pictures of the pyramid building process were fascinating

Croco’nile by Roy Gerrard- this was an endearing tale of two children and their pet crocodile

Moses in the Bulrushes by Warwick Hutton- whimsical watercolors help tell this simple story of Moses’s infancy

Exodus by Brian Wildsmith- vibrant illustrations help tell about this significant event from the Old Testament

Notebook pages from some of our readings- notice the broken skeletons from the burial chamber under the pyramid... apparently someone broke into this tomb and messed with the mummies!

Notebook pages from some of our readings- notice the broken skeletons from the burial chamber under the pyramid… apparently someone broke into this tomb and messed with the mummies!

 

We did a couple of fun activities:

1.  Apple Mummies:  http://www.sciencekidsathome.com/science_experiments/mummy_experiment.html

We found the apple mummification experiment fascinating.  Well, my husband and I were fascinated.  The kids were mildly interested and a little bit grossed out.

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2.  Visit to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, CA

I took my older two to visit this museum that has thousands of artifacts from ancient Egypt.  It was amazing.  We really enjoyed seeing things we’d studied and walking through a replica of a rock cut tomb.  And we saw some real mummies!  Wow!

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The atmosphere and appearance was so very Egyptian

The atmosphere and appearance was so very Egyptian

We were fascinated by seeing things we had studied

We were fascinated by seeing things we had studied

Princess K especially loved the jewelry, I was especially fascinated by the mummies

Princess K especially loved the jewelry, X-man liked the golden man, and I was especially fascinated by the mummies and the replica of Queen Nefertiti’s Bust

Our two favorite things: the hidden clues our special light we were given uncovered and the replica of the tomb we walked through

Our two favorite things: the hidden clues uncovered by the special light we were given at the beginning and the replica of the tomb we walked through

I wanted to do a whole lot more activities: hiding broken pottery in the sand and have the kids play archeologists, making Egyptian jewelry or face masks, making papyrus, and creating cartouches.  But we didn’t.  Next time we study Egypt, I’ll have to pull out these ideas and see what I can do with them.

 

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