Tuesday, September 23, 2008

School is fun!

The Sun rises on the Nile River!
And our crops are growing!

We are still studying Ancient Egypt,
home to hieroglyphics (rather difficult for a 7 and 9 year old to master)
and Sumer,
the creators of cuneiform (slightly less difficult and thus our choice of ancient writing).

Can you translate what Mitchell and Megan carved?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

School projects

I am using a great history curriculum this year with lots of fun projects for the kids (and I) to do. The Story of the World starts at the beginning, and for four years, will follow the course of history to modern time. Here are a couple of pictures of what we've done:

How do we learn about history? One way is archaeology! This is our "dig." The kids buried items from our house and then we dug them up a week later.

This is our model of the Nile River. Notice the Pyramids and Sphinx. We will "flood" the Nile to water our "crops" just as the ancient Egyptians relied on the annual flooding to fertilize and water their crops near the river. Notice also the Delta region at the top, named for the Greek letter D which is shaped like a triangle...Yes, I am turning into a very smart homeschool mom! :)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Labor Day Weekend

Cute couple (if I do say so myself!)

  Alan, Kyrsten, Melissa, Matt
Jeff, Lisa, Drew, Maddie
All our kids riding bikes on the boardwalk