This year in our homeschool I decided we’d focus on ancient history. Like I’ve said before my boys are not history enthusiasts by any means but they are a little more interested in ancient history. So I figured we’d work our way thorough several ancient civilizations and explore all that we could find!
I decided that I could put together a study of Ancient Egypt, there are tons of books and resources, videos and printables that make creating a study pretty easy. I knew I wanted to make it as interesting as possible but also cover as many aspects of egyptian civilization as possible.
*I recieved books from Candlewick Press in exchange for my honest review. I was compensated for my time.
To put together this study I used 5 books from Candlewick Press. They have such an awesome selection of books for any subject! I wanted a fun variety of books that would present Egypt in a way that was interesting and made the boys want to dig in and learn.
I picked five that range from the awesome interactive Egyptology book to a comic book about the Gods & Pharohs, to a fiction story about a young Egyptian Scribe.
I didn’t have a super clear cut plan when I ordered these books but when they arrived it became clear that “The Egyptology Handbook” was going to become the backbone of this study.
What’s awesome about it is that it is broken down into Parts which are further broken into lessons. That made it super easy to plan lessons and activities to go with them.
Giving credit where it is due I didn’t come up with the activities we did for this study, I found amazing ideas from fellow bloggers and so the links in this post will take you to their awesome sites! I love how we can all help each other in our homeschool journeys through just a click!
What I did was take the lessons in The Egyptology Handbook and break them into sections and then plan out activities and additional reading to go with each section. The idea was to use the other books as enrichment materials and to highlight key points we learned in each section. It worked out really well.
I had the boys read “Egyptian Diary- The journal of Nakht” throughout the time we were doing this study they read it at their own pace. I thought it was better to do it that way then split it up so that they could read the story as they liked.
The Egytoplogy book also became a companion book for this study. It is one of those books that just screams, “Pick me up!!! Explore me! I have fun pockets and games!!”
So that’s how I approached it, daily lessons, activities, additional reading, and books to enjoy along the journey.
You could break down the lessons even more than I did. Since my boys are older they can handle reading bigger chunks but for younger kids you can slow it down and do even more.
Read lessons 1-5 in The Egyptology Handbook
Read pgs 20 & 21 in “The Egyptian News”
Activity- Build a pyramid out of Legos, sugar cubes, or other blocks. Find the strangest theory you can about how the pyramids were built.
Read Lessons 6-9 in “The Egyptology Handbook”
Activity- Print out this map color the three kingdoms.
Read Lessons 10 – 12 “The Egyptology Handbook”
Read Page 10 “The Egyptian News”
Activity – Eat like an Egyptian!
Make the Hummus Recipe in “The Egyptology Handbook”
Make Tiger Nut Sweets – an Egyptian treat!
Read Lessons 13- 18 “The Egyptology Handbook”
Read Pages- 26-29 in “The Egyptian News”
Activity- Play the game Senet in the “Egyptology” book
Read Lessons 19 -20 in “The Egyptology Handbook”
Activities – Practice writing in hieroglyphics, have fun, write names, sentences. Write a word and see if your kids can decode it!
Make a cartouche – This post has great instructions. Have your kids make one with air dry clay, play doh or sculpey.
Read Lessons 21-25 in “The Egyptology Handbook”
Look through “Ancient Egypt- Tales of Gods and Pharaohs” and choose a few stories to read
Activity- Choose a god or goddess from this page, print and color their picture
Read Lessons 26-30 in “The Egyptology Handbook”
Activities – Some of these are more involved than others- choose the ones that work best for you!
Make a Mummy- Hop over to this post to learn how to mummify an action figure.
Color a Death Mask- Here is a printable death mask to color however you want!
Make your own canopic jars- Here are the instructions for these awesome jars!
After you’ve completed all the lessons it’s a great idea to really dig into the “Egyptology” book. With a better understanding of everything in it it’s full of adventure and really fun to read!
You might also find videos on Netflix or Youtube to highlight what you’ve learned, head to your local library and check out more books on Egypt and see what else you can discover!
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