I did something a little different this time than in our past Great Lessons. Normally, I would use the lessons from Miss Barbara's Great Lessons page, but this time I found it to not be what I was looking for. There was a lot of info, but very few pictures. I read through it and decided that T would not sit through that entire lesson without getting bored. She has a lot of great info, but I think that version would be better for upper elementary students with longer attention spans. This time we went with the store from moteaco. It has the story and simple pictures to go along with it. We then pulled out lots of books to get more details.
We had a couple of books in our library about hieroglyphics that were very helpful. I also borrowed several books from our local library system that had wonderful photos and stories.
T's favorite book was a book called Hieroglyphs from A-Z. On each page of our modern alphabet it shows a large hieroglyph that starts with that letter and then a smaller picture of the hieroglyph for that letter. As you can see in the picture below, A shows an Archer and the hieroglyph is a vulture. B shows a Beetle and the hieroglyph looks like a foot.
This book also came with a cardboard stencil for the entire alphabet. T had great fun using it to make codes.
|Translation: Hello Dad|
We enjoyed the book The Story of Writing by Carole Donoughue, as well. This one has some very informative stories that put the reader into the character's shoes. It describes being a scribe having to learn to write cuneiform writing but in the story YOU are the boy learning to be a scribe. It showed some of the cuneiform alphabet and how it was made in clay. So we gave it a try with play dough. T asked if I would beat him if he made a mistake, like the scribe boy in the book would be. Of course not! It was a great way for him to relate to how life was so long ago.
|T's attempt at the cuneiform for Cow|
He had fun with this so he decided to try doing the same thing with hieroglyphs as suggested in the book Pyramids: 50 hands on activities to experience Ancient Egypt.
|The Letter X and the hieroglyph for X|
On a side note, this past weekend we attended the open house of a lovely Montessori school in our area. I have mentioned before that T attended a Montessori school for primary. This was a different school but it was like coming home to visit this school. I just love this environment so much!