We eased into our new school year over the past few weeks and added more subjects until we are now at a full swing. Rosey began with her Psychology (then added in the rest of Sonlight) and we began with Astronomy (this was something we were supposed to have completed during the summer but the summer seemed to have slipped away from us). Goosey began by creating a compass in our yard to see how our home is aligned. She charted the sunrises and sunsets and we began to see if we can identify constellations. We will continue on with other exercises from the Astronomy journal. This has many activities that I think will be fun! The kids were given a telescope a few years back so I am hoping to utilize that along with this curriculum.
For history we have embarked to Ancient Egypt! Although we have covered this time period in the past, it was nice to revisit it with some new activities and books. Goosey made a reed boat out of newspaper (she rolled sheets of newspaper into thin rods and glued the ends and tied both ends of the boat together). The product ended up being a scratching area for one of our cats that seemed to really enjoy scratching his nails on there!
We also made homemade papyrus paper which we completed through the Project Passport. We haven't quite gotten around to writing hieroglyphics on there as of yet but need to do that soon!
We attempted dirt/clay bricks but did not succeed in getting them to bind together! We think it didn't work because we used dirt from our garden which has quite a bit of compost in there as opposed to actual dirt (at least that is what we are attributing it too)! :oP Some books that Goosey has read related to Ancient Egypt are Unwrapping the Pharaohs, Pyramid, and Who Was King Tut.
We also played some board games that we had on hand. We played the Royal Game of Ur (a paper version that was in a workbook we had on our shelf. You can see what the game looks like here and the rules are here. The game itself reminds me a little of the game Sorry. Goosey said she wants to try and make one by either wood burning one or making one out of balsa wood---that may be one of her next projects), we also played the Lego Ramses Pyramid Game and an Egyptians Game I found at a used book store. We are almost done wrapping up Ancient Egypt minus a few projects that we haven't gotten to yet so we will hopefully finish that up in the next week or so.
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Curriculum we are Using...
Rosey-17 year old
-Sonlight British Literature
-Math U See Pre-Calc
Goosey-14 year old
-Tapestry of Grace Year 1
-Math U See Geometry
-Bible Road Trip Year 2