The Phoenicians were famous seaman and founded colonies all over the Mediterranean Sea. When we studied the ancients this time, I tried to focus on making it matter by tying it to its modern day location which is Lebanon. Though the boys enjoyed reading about Beirut and understanding that Beirut is the capital of Lebanon, I think they enjoyed it a little more when we made the glass blowing connection. After we studied it last time, we focused on the Phoenicians craft of glass making.
Because I like to keep my units with some hands-on activities, I collected a few activities about Ancient Phoenicia at the bottom of this post. That way we both have some resources when we review this again.
Today, I also have the next minibook on Ancient Phoenicia. It is a tab book and I have a map included in this download that glues on the inside and a few facts too if you want to use them.
It is book 6 and it goes placed at the top right side. We did revisit our glass blowing lapbook to make it somewhat hands-on.
I rounded up a few other hands-on ideas because it really makes learning about any topic a bit more lively. Even something simple is more memorable than a worksheet.
Look at this fun boat made by the kids at Creekside Learning. Click here to go there.
They also made purple dye. Click here to go there.
Over at Satori Smiles they used an expired bag of frozen blueberries to make the dye. Check out the fun here.
My glass blowing lapbook ties in with this unit too. Click here to go there.
The Phoenician alphabet. (Picture Att: Design With Type)
I could see making a code of some sort to make this more interactive.
Over at Love Learn Play there is a 6 page download with resources and some copy work.
The Artful Parent has some beautiful ideas for doing some glass activities that would make studying this topic take an art trail. Click here to go there.
Then some links we marked/found helpful.
Reviews & Quizzes for Story of the World Volume 1. A helpful resource that has multiple questions to use for review and that is interactive.
Gorp.Com. Though a travel site, Mr. Awesome liked it because it contained a lot of history on the pages.
I hope some of these ideas help to spark your creative ideas or add to enrich your study about the Ancient Phoenicians.
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It bothers me when I go too long and not blog because I miss you, but I have spent the better part of this week at the emergency room and at the hospital. Next week will be some more of the same.
Poor hubby, it just seems like the guy hasn’t got a break lately.
Its hard to look at a guy like this and think something is wrong, but he tore his bicep and has to have surgery next week. He is just one hardworking guy and great dad.
As if that is not enough to contend with for next week, we go back to the hospital and he gets a heart catheterization. Yep, the doctors saw something so we are going to check it out.
So for now, I am just rolling with it as the Dr. said he will be unable to use his left arm after the surgery and well I hope they find nothing too bad off with his heart.
Poor baby, though it may be hard on me sitting up at the hospital and waiting on him for surgery, I know it will be harder on him to get two procedures in one week.
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Benjamin Franklin said, “Games lubricate the mind and body.” I agree and so that is why I am so excited to tell you about the fun we have been having with Go Fish For Ancient Egypt by Birdcage Press. I am especially excited to use it because it tied in nicely with our Ancient Civilizations and Ancient Empires study.
I was delighted from the moment I opened the box not just because playing games makes learning come alive, but also because of the beautiful and appealing playing cards. I was impressed too with the quality and durability of the cards because we plan on using these again.
The boxed set contains 36 color playing cards and a 34 page fact book. I wanted to let you know that the cards do cover the Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Egyptians. Everybody feels differently about how to explain pagan Gods and Goddesses of any ancient culture in their school.
I prefer to introduce them so that my sons are aware of how their beliefs affected the every day lives of the Ancient Egyptians. However, introducing and actually studying and learning their beliefs are two different concepts. Playing Go Fish For Ancient Egypt, I feel, is a way to quickly introduce topics that you don’t want to cover deeply in your everyday study of history or that you are not going to spend time learning about.
There are basically 6 cards in a set to cover 6 topics which are Gods, Goddesses, Symbols, Pharaohs, Mummies and Afterlife.
What I liked too about the cards besides the eye catching artwork and pictures is the tidbit of information at the bottom of each card.You will find one or two sentences about the picture on the card and beneath those sentences are the answers for the other objects or persons found in that set. For example, if you had the Ramses II card in your hand which is set 4 Pharaohs, then reading at the bottom it is easy to see that Akhenaten, Amenhotep II, Hatshepsut, Thutmose III and Tutankhamun are the other pharaohs listed in the set.That is a clever way to teach repetition and aid in memory. Having fun or learning is hard to tell the difference in this game as it should be.
Another true gem about playing games and especially Go Fish is that it can be played by any age. Any age from K to adult knows the object of the game which is to find sets. For younger children who cannot read, the picture about Ancient Egypt is key to remembering which card his partner has.
For the older kids, they will not only recognize one of the topics but read the few sentences about it. It can’t get any easier to learn about history than that. Whether you are a history lover or abhor history, it is easy to be won over by this card game.
The 34 page fact book was a nice added feature to the card game. It is a small book jam packed with interesting tidbits about Ancient Egypt. One part in the book we plan on doing next week is how to write like an Egyptian or should I say draw like an Egyptian. It is just an added bonus to the game that is already fun, but gives a little more background on each theme. Mr. Awesome read it aloud to all of us and as he and Tiny were playing together.
I want to admit another prejudice of mine and that is many times I prefer physical games over digital games. I love all my techie devices and the boys do too. But physical games bring a spirit of camaraderie in our school day that you can’t really get when you connect to digital games. Most of us homeschool so that we engender sibling togetherness and games like Go Fish For Ancient Egypt make it easy to foster family time.
I always encourage any homeschooler, new or seasoned to not get out of balance by collecting only curriculums or workbooks and not adding in quality educational games. We need to let go of the thinking that learning should not be fun or is not meaningful unless we are sitting at the desks pounding out a writing lesson. Break the cycle and add in quality games.
I can’t help but share a few other games from Birdcage Press because I am so over the top about all of their products.
They have games on art, wildlife & nature, air & space and history. I think my only complaint, appeal, plead would be add to more history games. Of course as history lovers, the boys and I could never get enough of games like that, but I could imagine ones on the great empires like Ancient Greece and even modern U.S. history.
I have been swooning over what might be my next purchase: The Renaissance Art Game.
I encourage you before you make your final curriculum selections for next year to add in card games. They not only stir the heart and soul, but can be done by all ages as you learn valuable skills together.
Thank You Wenda O’Reilly and staff for a delightful educational product!
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Product Name: Go Fish for Ancient Egypt. Card Game & Book Set
Website: Birdcage Press
Type of Product: Physical Card Game – Museum Quality Cards
Customer Service: My cards arrived promptly as promised. Customer service was prompt and excellent.
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All product information is correct and accurate as of the date of this review.
Ideally I wish everybody would have a Cynthia as one of their co-op leaders, but since that is not possible, I want to share one idea that came of out of her creative little mind for our co-op. Besides being a great friend, she is so talented at coming up with ideas that keeps the fire for fun stoked in our co-ops.
It was her idea to have two 8 1/2 feet Egyptian columns and they came out so beautiful because of her hard work.
The strengths she brings to a co-op is an excellent example of what I talked about in my 5 Days of a Homeschooling Co-op. Prep the learning environment and the kids will have fun and learn at the same time.
Here is her supply list:
And here is her explanation of how to make them.
1. Find a picture of Egyptian pillars to use as a guide for colors and patterns.
2. Decide how tall you want the pillars. We used 7 buckets stacked on top of one another which made each pillar about 8 1/2 ft tall. You can adjust the height by using more or fewer buckets.
3. Remove the metal handles from all of the buckets.
4. Fill the bottom bucket with heavy rocks. This will give the pillar stability.
5. After the bottom bucket is full of rocks place another bucket with the open end on top of the open end of the bucket with the rocks in it. Use duct tape to secure the two buckets together tightly right around the outside of the buckets where the open ends are placed together. Be generous with the duct tape and go all the way around the buckets perhaps even a couple of times for strength and stability.
6. Place a third bucket on top of the first two so that the bottom ends are against one another. Use duct tape to secure them together tightly where the two bottom ends meet. Don’t forget to go all the way around the buckets with the duct tape once again.
7. Continue placing and taping the buckets together in the same manner as the first and second buckets alternating (open end to open end, bottom end to bottom end) as you go up until you have reached the height you desire.
8. Decorate each section of cardboard. There are many ways this can be done, but we used chalk pastels which we sprayed with matte finish for the bottom two sections and paintable wallpaper sample strips for the top section. After the wallpaper sample strips dry, glue them to the top cardboard section. Or instead of wallpaper sample strips you can easily continue decorating the top section with pastels or paint.
9. Once everything on the cardboard is dry attach the bottom section to the pillar. We taped ours together at the back with duct tape as well as double-sided duct tape between the cardboard and bucket to give it extra strength. Be generous with the duct tape so the pillars don’t come apart.
10. Place the next section of cardboard right above the one on bottom and duct tape it in the same manner as the first.
11. Attach the last section of cardboard with duct tape above the second one in the same way as the first two.
12. Now you are ready to cap the pillar. For a cap we used a board cut a little bigger than the top of the bucket. We also nailed another board a little smaller than the opening of the bucket to the bottom side of the board that serves as the cap. This anchored the cap inside the bucket so that it would not fall off.
13. To hang a banner or something else between the pillars install hooks into the middle of the edges of the caps.
In another post, I will share how Kelley made that beautiful banner.
I love the fact she used discarded wall paper books and buckets. Simply ask your local paint store if they have any supplies like that they are discarding.
Our study of the Great Empires won’t be easily forgettable because of her hard work. A little cardboard, imagination and diy creates lasting memories.
Thanks Cynthia for such an amazing job. I hope this inspires you with an idea or two to keep activities fun in your co-op or just through the summer.
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I have the next minibook ready for the Ancient Civilizations Unit.
This 3 tab book is about The Babylonians & Hammurabi. We took a little longer on this book because I wanted the boys to compare men’s laws to the superior laws of God. Like my other mini books, I have a few facts if you want to use them and one copy that is blank if you prefer to add your own facts and content.
Here are some links you might find useful:
Edsitement. Has a large fleshed out section on questions and background information.
Here is a powerpoint with some nice colorful maps and pictures of the places we have been studying in this unit. Be sure to look it over because we are still clicking and reading on this site.
Highlighting a few features about each of these civilizations keeps it from being too overwhelmed with details which was my goal on doing this unit.
I always plan on the folder where the minibooks go. It doesn’t mean this is the only way to arrange the books, but I created this to show you where I intended that the minibooks be placed. Today you have up to book 5.
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