Thursday, September 29, 2011

Out of Egypt

I have said this before, so please forgive me for saying it again...but one of the things that I love the most about homeschooling is how my kids take what they learn and go DO something with it!

The Students - this will have to be the beginning of year pic, since I forgot to take one!

Take the last three weeks. We just finished studying Egypt. Pyramids and pharaohs and sphinxes, oh my! They became totally immersed in studying this long dead culture. They have built pyramids out of Legos, ziggurats out of left over cinder blocks and even included a sarcophagus with a 'mummified' pharaoh in the Lego pyramid.

The Lego Pyramid complete with sarcophagus and mummy.

Working on his ziggurat - pen and paper in hand

They were especially fascinated with the "fact" that the slaves used dolerite stone balls to hammer out tunnels in the pyramids, and to help smooth the sides. Now don't go slamming the kids! There are about as many theories for how the pyramids were built as there are archaeologists! But several of the movies we watched and books that we read had pics of these dolerite and so the kids have taken it to heart.

Dolerite in action

Today finds them out in the yard, meshing many of the things that we have learned over the last few weeks: sand, dolerites, working hard...enjoy the pics!

The Yard Boss - At least he THINKS he is in charge!

The REAL Yard Boss - oh so subtle she is!

Does not care who is in charge, as long as he can build!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How fun! Rock on big sister!!