Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ancient Egypt Lapbook

This year we're using The Mystery of History Volume I as our history curriculum. We've really enjoyed it so far, but we're not doing such a good job of keeping to the suggested schedule. We like to stop and explore certain topics further. And that's one of the joys of homeschooling! We can do just that!

The kids were really very interested in learning more about ancient Egypt. We checked out several books from the library and watched a couple of videos to enhance our understanding of the culture. My husband was in Egypt back in the late '90's as part of a military exercise and has several pictures of the pyramids and King Tut display at the Cairo Museum. The kids loved looking at those. And our local history museum has a great Egyptian display that we enjoy visiting, too.

To tie everything together, the kids created one-folder lapbooks to show what they learned. I found the templates here at Homeschool Share, my favorite lapbook resource.

On the front cover, the kids wrote their names in hieroglyphics. I got the idea from Jimmie at The Heart of the Matter Online. We used the cartouche generator she suggested to see what their names would look like. Then they copied the hieroglyphics onto their own cartouches.

After learning the basics of hieroglyphics, they then proceeded to write secret messages to each other and Daddy. So cute!

Here's the Princess with her lapbook.

We've moved on and are studying the Exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt and their subsequent wanderings in the wilderness. Maybe another lapbook will be forthcoming. We'll see.

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