The Pioneer Woman
My oldest daughter has found a new love: Ancient History. Specifically, Ancient Egyptian History.
Ree has already written about her love for The Story of the World. but I must continue to extol its praises, because the organization of those four volumes of history texts, in my opinion, raised the bar for all other history curriculum.
Emelie is in 6th grade, so she has swung back to The Story of the World: Ancient Times. This time in history was briefly touched upon in her 1st grade curriculum, but at a much simpler level of delivery. This period of history will swing around one more time around her Sophomore year of high school; completely sealing it into her understanding forever and ever, AMEN.
This bit of cyclical repetition, building upon previous understanding with even greater depth of age-appropriate knowledge, gives kids a chance to grasp history as a whole , and not just a mish-mash of time periods that somehow connect in puzzling ways here and there.
Retention comes easy when meaning is built in, and I gotta tell you, Emelie will not quickly forget what she s learning and as a result, neither will we. There s nothing like having Emelie lead off the dinner table conversation with the story of the god Osiris, his wife, Isis, and his evil brother, Set.
And though we only follow a 4-day Schedule in our curriculum, Emelie always wants to do the extra work. For instance, decoding hieroglyphs and creating stone tablets with cuneiform writing to mimic the clay square tablets used by the Egyptians.
Emelie has already completed four books as part of her History curriculum this year and isn t quite ready to move away from Ancient Egyptian History yet; we re currently on an adventure to find her more readers with the same storytelling ability as historical fiction writer, Eloise Jarvis McGraw.
The books she s enjoyed:
(All four are also available through Sonlight .)
She would have finished them much faster, but a couple of them are Read-Alouds, where we read out loud and discuss the chapter as it relates to what she s learned in her texts, Story of the World (mentioned earlier), and The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History .
She s learned about the first civilization, Egypt s crafts and trades, their Kings and Wars, how they farmed the Nile Valley, and of course, what child can resist (or adult for that matter) the mummies and the great pyramids?
Emelie decided she d like to make her own pyramid after progressing through that section of her text, so we gathered up a couple of boxes of sugar cubes, some Elmer s glue, a bit of cardboard, and some gold spray paint and one afternoon she got after it.
Surprisingly, it is harder than you might think making a tomb for Pharoah and we didn t even have smooth sides. Ours looked more like an Aztec temple, but why dwell on details when the imagination is running loose?
With all the sugar cubes glued into place, we took the pyramid outside to be sprayed with gold to represent the sun s golden rays.
In case you aren t aware, spray painting a pyramid is hard work a two-thumb kinda job, to be certain.
Oh, and here s a fun fact to know. If we lived in Chicago? We couldn t do this. Nope, you can t buy spray paint within the city of Chicago. Not even for creating tombs for Pharoahs (or mayors, or whatever).
Ever heard of backseat drivers? Meredith is a crotch driver.
Oh wait, that s not entirely appropriate sounding, now is it?
What I meant is that Meredith had a crotch s eye view of the event. Okay, that didn t sound right either.
Can I just stop and say I truly appreciated being carded to buy this paint? I didn t fuss at all. I pulled out my ID and nearly kissed the young man. Yes, sonny, I m 21. Oh, and thank you.
It took a while, this pyramid painting makeover. Sugar apparently really eats up the paint sort of like that cinder block wall in our first home.
Four gallons a room.
And then, finally? It was done.
Does anyone else have a desire to sing Goldfinger ?
I can t help it.
I love Sean Connery.
Yo! Pharoah? Eat your heart out.
Cuz if you don t, the sugar ants will.
All together now
Let my people go! Huh
Yeah yeah yeah
About the Author: Heather Sanders writes about faithsizing. the choice to surrender and simplify your life to create peace and balance in all the busyness. Visit her blog. and follow her on Instagram and Pinterest.
Hi. I’m Heather, a freelance writer living in Huntsville, a smallish town on the tail-end of the East Texas Pineywoods. Twenty years ago, I married Jeff, the love of my life, and shortly after, we chose to “go forth and multiply.” We have three kids: Emelie, Meredith and Kenny. We homeschool. It s what we do, and it works for us. Tired of feeling overwhelmed, we recently faithsized our family into a 960 square foot lake cabin in need of renovation. I write at HeatherSanders.com about faith and simplifying your desires so you can be content right here and right now