Posted by: shariglass | July 17, 2010

Egypt Day

Creating Egyptian goddess Bastet

by Shari on Friday, July 16

Most of the time we’re pretty boring homeschoolers.  We do our work, try to find interesting books and activities for history and science, but never enough “fun” projects to satisfy Hannah.  So every once in a while the kids talk me into a special “day”.  This past spring we had a “castle day.”  Today we had “Egypt Day.”  These are fun days, because we spend the whole day learning about one subject and doing several little (or not so little) projects.

Here’s what we did today:

  • Read much of the book Curse of the Pharoahs: My adventures with Mummies by Zahi Hawass and National Geographic.  This is a very interesting book by the man who is in charge of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt.  We got this book from the library.
  • We watched a video that we got from Netflix called “Egypt Eternal: The Quest for Lost Tombs” also by National Geographic.   One of the archeologist featured in this movie was Zahi Hawass.  The coincidence between the book and the move wasn’t intentional but it worked out very well, since the two were talking about the same excavations.
  • We began the mummification of a chicken (see the next post for more on that!).
  • We made clay tablets and wrote in them with hieroglyphs.
  • The kids created an Egypt god out of clay…both chose to do the goddess Bestat – which is a cat.
  • Hannah set up an art station with several projects including: punch a pyramid, paint a picture, make a mummy, and a couple other things.  (Micah’s make a mummy included a drawn dude about 2 inches high with googly eyes popping out of its head.)
  • We had several other Egyptian library books we looked at throughout the day.

    Two versions of Bastet

It’s amazing how fast the day goes when you’re doing projects like this.  We even went into the evening, playing a game called Pyramid, that we didn’t get to during the day.  That worked out well, because Sarah was in bed and Brian could play with us as well.

On a sort of side note, Hannah and I have been reading about Egypt, Egyptian gods, and myths all summer.  Then the other week in Bible class we read the story about the Israelites making the golden calf “god” while Moses was up on the mountain with God.  It was interesting to be able to put the fact that the Egyptians made their gods look like animals with the Israelites making a god in the form of an animal, the calf.  It was a sort of “ah-ha” moment.  A “hey, we now know why (sort of) they did that” moment.

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