I have a love-hate relationship with the whole subject of Egypt.
Its past is full of demonic worship and idols. But, its past is also full of rich history from civilizations that started us toward the course of the science, medicine, and technology we have today.
Its past is full of remarkable accounts of God moving in the lives of his people to accomplish amazing things. Currently, however, its in a place of political chaos and religious brutality to anyone renouncing Allah.
- Location: Upper right corner of Africa.
- Climate: Hot and dry
- Geography: Desert, Nile River, Mediterranean Sea
- Famous: Pyramids, pharaohs, hieroglyphics
"Africa? Mom, does that mean jungles and cheetahs?"
"The Nile River? Is that a long river? Was that where baby Moses was found?
" Pyramids? Can we make some with our Legos? Or, what if we try to make mud blocks in the sandbox and then dry them?
"Pharaohs are very mean, you know. If they don't like you they send plagues to make you sick and hurt."
And so, the what-was-supposed-to-be-a-day-of-study became an almost-three-weeks-of-study. Can I get an amen for flexibility of homeschooling?
As gruesome as it was to read about the process of dissecting, drying, and embalming the bodies that were put in the pyramids, it was equally as fascinating. Micah wants to try to recreate the tool used to pull the brain out of the nostrils, and Grady Lee wants to find a museum where we can go see excavated mummies. I haven't decided if this is a healthy curiosity or if I should be concerned.
The eewww factor aside, we did a really fun and simple experiment that helped us understand the process of assembling a mummy and why the Egyptians had figured out the best possible way of mummifying bodies. If you're interested in giving the following a try, check out this link for details.