The boys and I have been parked in Egypt for quite a while. We began our history study this year back at creation and have s-l-o-w-l-y crept up to 1200 B.C. It's been a journey, for sure. And, since we're not working against the constraints of a calendar, I've been a-okay to take our time.
We've sidetracked to learn more about pyramids, pharaohs, and the Nile River. We've also had fun figuring out where biblical characters like Isaac, Joseph, Moses, and Joshua fit in the scheme of all this.
And, there is nothing more satisfying (and cuter) than listening to Micah talk about Mesopotamia, Jubal and Tubal Cain, and the process of mummification.
Blue frosting for the water and yellow frosting for the desert. Then, the boys labeled key places in Egypt that we've studied: the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the Nile River, the Valley of the Kings, Cairo, and Giza. While it was fun to decorate and label our cake, it was especially fun to choose what part of Egypt we wanted to eat. "Mom, can I have a piece of the Nile River and a piece of the Valley of the Kings?" Sure - coming right up!
Rather than use fancy scrapbook paper and jewel stickers to make our horse look rich and bedazzled, I opted to use, ahem, bandage gauze. The boys wrapped up the only horse we own, thanks to Annalyes's pink ride-on Fisher Price toy. I don't think the boys cared that the gauze wasn't decorative and rich-looking; they just enjoyed wrapping and wrapping and wrapping up the pink horse.
And, I'm so happy we get to learn all this together - with books, with toys, with food, with actions, and with whatever else will help you learn and remember and retain so that you can, with your own words, explain why the Bible is the beginning of history and the reason for all of history yet to come.