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Ancient Egypt Book List

Ancient World History Book List – Part 2
(Ancient Egypt)

Hi again !
Thanks for coming back.
If you’ve been following along with my Free Ancient World History Curriculum  posts, you may like to check out the book lists for each section.  These books are NOT required for the studies… they’re just my favorite resources (most I’ve personally used).  You will find the few required books for the curriculum included on each plan’s page (start HERE for Plan 1).
You can find the
Book List for Ancient Civilizations & the Old Testament HERE .

–>  This post contains affiliate links.  There will NOT be any additional charge to you if you click to Amazon through these links, but I will make a small commission if you do!  So thanks ahead for supporting my work !  🙂

*Literature : 

*Ancient Egypt :  An Interactive History     (Like a choose your adventure book !)
* Mara, Daughter of the Nile 
* God King: A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah 
* Songbird of the Nile 
* Tirzah
* Trouble Times Ten  and  Ruled Out !
* Ancient China:  An Interactive History
* Day of the Dragon King   and  China:  Land of the Emperor’s Great Wall
* Kidventures :Stories of Danger & Courage  (I’ve never read these…from Focus on the Family)
* The Cat of Bubastes
* Mystery of the Egyptian Scroll    (if you like this one there are 3 more on topic!)

*Resource/Informational Books:

* Science in Ancient Egypt
* National Geographic Kids:  Everything Ancient Egypt
* The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt
* The Usbourne Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt   (Internet Linked)
* The 5,000 Year Old Puzzle
*  DK Eyewitness to Ancient China


*Activity Guides:

* The Ancient Egyptians & Their Neighbors
* Fun With Hieroglyphs
* Dover Life in Ancient Egypt Coloring Book
* Great Ancient Egypt Projects You Can Build Yourself
* Great Ancient China Projects You Can Build Yourself

Hope this list is helpful !
I’d love to know what YOU are using too !
Leave a comment.
HAPPY LEARNING !

Book List for Ancient World History (Part 2)

Book List for Ancient World History (Part 1)

Ancient World History Book List – Part 1
(Ancient Civilizations and the Old Testament)

I can’t think of a better way to bring history alive and make it meaningful & memorable, than with great books !   Curled up reading about the adventures of a child living in the shadow of the ancient pyramids or cooking up an ancient recipe for an afternoon snack for “History Class” has to be one of the best parts of homeschooling !

If you’ve been following along with my Free Ancient World History Curriculum  posts, you may like to check out these book lists for each section.  These books are NOT required for these studies… they’re just my favorite resources (most I’ve personally used).  You will find the few required books for the curriculum included on each plan (start HERE).
I hope I will have saved you some time too, listing them all in one place.  🙂
–>  This post contains affiliate links.  There will NOT be any additional charge to you if you click to Amazon through these links, but I will make a small commission if you do!  So thanks ahead for supporting my work !  🙂

*Literature :
*In the Beginning
*The Truth Chronicles (Vol. 6 – The Ark)
(I haven’t read this series personally, but they sound really interesting, and
have great reviews! You may like to check out Volumes 1-5 as well…all would
fit in with this time in history!)
*Priceless Jewel at the Well
*Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
*The Hittite Warrior

*Gilgamesh the Hero
*Gilgamesh Trilogy
*The Golden Goblet

*Resource/Informational Books:

*Journey Through the Bible   (Surprised a bit, but my kids loved this book !)
*DK Mesopotamia
*Great Civilizations

*Food at the Time of the Bible: From Adam’s Apple to the Last Supper
*Science in Ancient Mesopotamia

*Activity Guides:
*Ancient Israelites and Their Neighbors
*Archeology for Kids , Uncovering the Mysteries of Our Past
*Draw & Write Through History (Creation through Jonah)
*Family Guide to Biblical Holidays

*Old Testament Days- Kid’s Activity Guide

Hope this list is helpful ! 
I’d love to know what YOU are using too !
Leave a comment.  
HAPPY LEARNING !
Book List for Ancient World History Part 1

Ancient Egypt History for Kids

Free World History Curriculum

Part 2:  Ancient Egypt

Welcome back to the latest post on Free Ancient World History !
This section will cover many of the Pharaohs, the geography of ancient Egypt, the Great Pyramids, Moses, more about Joseph in Egypt, the Midianites, and of course, MUMMIES !  And lots more 🙂
For an introduction to this curriculum and how you can adapt it to all your needs, start
below with my first post in this series-  “Free Chronological World History Plan” .
World History Plan (Teach all ages at once !)
After that you can check out
Free World History Curriculum Part 1: Ancient Civilizations and the Old Testament .
Chronological World History Curriculum Free
If you have ANY QUESTIONS  at all, I’d love to hear from you !
You can either comment at the bottom of this post or you can email me at
chenoah@fieldsofdaisies.com
Enjoy !

Continue reading Free world history curriculum – Part 2 Ancient Egypt

Chronological World History Curriculum Free

 

Free World History Curriculum

Part 1:  Ancient Civilizations/Old Testament

Hi !  I’m so glad you’re here 🙂
For an introduction to this curriculum and how you can adapt it to your needs, start
below with my first post in this series-  “Free Chronological World History Plan” .
If you have ANY QUESTIONS  at all, I’d love to hear from you !
You can either comment at the bottom of this post or you can email me at
chenoah@fieldsofdaisies.com
Enjoy !
Continue reading free world history curriculum (Part 1)

World History Plan (Teach all ages at once !)
Homeschool World History Plan

A Chronological Study

(Teach all ages at once !)

Are you planning to study World History this year ?
Do you want to be able to use the same curriculum for ALL your kids?
Don’t know where to start ?

If you are writing your own curriculum or units, the task can be a bit overwhelming.
There are just so many topics to “cover”, and if you’re like me, they’re all so
interesting (and important!), it’s hard to narrow it all down and decide what to include !

THE WHAT:

I thought it might be fun and helpful to share our Chronological World History Outline (The Ancients through the Middle Ages).   My goal when I wrote this out was to see how all of the events and civilizations studied have fit into God’s sovereign plan to extend His Kingdom and purpose.  We therefore started in the book of Genesis and went through the history of “The Middle Ages”.  It was amazing as we studied through these major points to see how all the stories from the Bible that often seem disjointed, fit together with the history most of us learned in school !

Initially, it might seem like a lot of work to put together a year’s worth of history study at once, but the goal is to go through this same general outline 3 times by the end of high school, just with more attention to detail and in greater depth….AND you can use the same outline for ALL ages at one time!  Just tailor the reading materials and objectives a bit and VOILA !  Being able to teach ALL your kids at once is definitely worth the time !  It is quite easy to also incorporate corresponding  literature, science, art, geography, etc if you use this outline as a spine.   It actually made planning out all the other subject areas a piece of cake !  I will be posting details of how I did that and what resources I used.

THE HOW:

As we studied, we each kept a 3-ring binder-  our ‘all in one place’  time line.
We filled it with notes, coloring pages, drawings, print outs, etc… each page with a date on the bottom (or at least stuck in the appropriate “period” of history).  😀   In planning out our year, I also included biographies of important leaders, great artists, musicians, authors, scientists, etc. as applicable, and added them into the binder as well.
Scroll all the way to the bottom for some pictures from one of my children’s binder.

Under each heading, I included my objectives for each “section”.   Everyone will have different expectations for their kiddos, but I hope it is helpful at least to get the creativity flowing  !

You can find Daily Lessons for the first part of this series
here –>  Ancient Civilizations/Old Testament
Chronological World History Curriculum Free

Continue reading Homeschool World History Plan (Teach all ages at once !)


Sign Language for Kids

“Learning another language is not only learning
different words for the same things,
but learning another way to think about things.”
~Flora Lewis

American Sign Language Mini- Unit

This unit is designed to be self led.  You may choose to do all of the ideas or just a few.  Creativity is key!
The goal is to learn all you can and then show what you know!  We made a notebook and added all kinds of pages (biographies, print out ASL alphabet, some of the activities we did, etc…) like a scrapbook.
I hope you have fun learning a little bit of sign language,  how to communicate in a new way, and about some amazing people in the deaf community !

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American Girl Kirsten-
Pioneer Unit Study

Kirsten Pioneer Unit Study

Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854:
Growing up on America’s Frontier

 


* Core Reading-


*Week 1: “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854
Kristen’s Journey to America

1.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 1-3, 40-41                     (Meet Kirsten in Sweden)
2.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 4-7                                   (Journey to America )
3.   “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 8-11                               (Go West ! )
4. “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 12-13                               (Home on the Prairie)
Pioneers
5.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 14-15, 24-25                (Home on the Prairie )
Native Americans

*Week 2: “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854
A Day With Kirsten

1.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 22-23, 26-27                 (Daily Life)
2.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 16-17; 32-35                (Fun & Games for Everyone! ) 3.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 18-21                              (Love & Marriage )
4.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 36-39                              (Fashion)
5. “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 30-31; 49 (inset)          (Medicine )

*Week 3: “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854
Friends and Foes on the Prairie

1.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 44-45                                     (Around Town)
2. “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 42-43; 46-47                        (Kirsten’s Neighbors)
3.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 48-55                                    (The Dakota Conflict)
4.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 48-55                                    (Conflicts Continue)
5. “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 56-58                                     (The Great Land Rush)

Continue reading American Girl Kirsten- Pioneer America Unit Study

~ A Christmas Carol~
(Mini Unit Study)
God Bless Us Everyone

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
If you’ve never tried a unit study before,
this busy time of year might be a good time to give it a try !
Simple learning ideas for stress free
and FUN holiday homeschooling !
So that there’s lots of time for baking cookies, going to plays, homemade presents, and hopefully,
even a bit of quiet time to soak in the awe of the advent !

 

  A Christmas Carol

*Reading Suggestions-

*Week 1:  ‘A Christmas Carol’

A Christmas Carol”  (Gutenburg Version)
“A Christmas Carol”  (Easy to Read Version…Larger Print)
This piece is divided into 5 staves, perfect for one week’s daily reading.

OR
Listen to one of these audio versions
 iTunes Version
  YouTube Version  (Audio with Text)

AND/OR
Watch the 1971 animated version  Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
George C. Scott full version  A Christmas Carol
(There are many good animated and full versions to be found)

*Vocabulary & Other Activities
* A Christmas Carol Lesson
( Lots of printables…worksheets, fact sheets, recipes, and other activities)
* A Christmas Carol Vocabulary
* A Christmas Carol  Script–   Try gathering some friends and acting out this play version !
* Discussion Questions, Fun Activities, and more
* A Christmas Carol Crossword Puzzle
Reading Comprehension Questions from Easy Fun School

*Week 2:  Charles Dickens

* Biography of Charles Dickens  OR  Everything Dickens  (interactive)
OR
Watch the brief BBC Biography, The Life of Charles Dickens on YouTube
or the full length A&E Biography  (very interesting, but probably best for older students)

* ” Christmas With Charles Dickens“, a short memoir by Dickens’ daughter, Mamie Dickens

* “A Christmas Tree” , a short story by Dickens
(Also, you can listen to a well done  audio version on the same page!
This might be helpful, as some of the victorian language is likely
unfamiliar and a bit difficult. )

* Collection of Short Stories by Dickens to enjoy reading online

* ‘The Ivy Green‘ a poem by Dickens

*  Samantha:  An American Girl Holiday
(Just for fun-  though this movie is not set in England, the time period and the themes
of the industrial revolution and child labor are the same)
Continue reading ‘A Christmas Carol’ Mini Unit

 Teaching Kids
~ Thankfulness ~

confused maggie

 

Have YOU yelled at your dog lately ?!?

Gratitude.
It all started today with yelling at my dog, some fleas, cold coffee, and some dust bunnies.
What does that have to do with teaching your kids about thankfulness ???
Here’s what’s floating around my mind (other than aforementioned, dust bunnies 😀

Gratitude.
But not in the

it’s-almost-Thanksgiving-and-I-need-to-hurry-up-and-be-thankful
kind of way,
  more in the
stop-and-open-my-eyes-and-actually-SEE-life-all-around-me-and-be-thankful” kind of way.

Gratitude takes a special kind of seeing some days.
Sight, past the obvious.

My recent version of obvious…
I wake up. I make coffee. I Iet the dog outside.
I see the obvious.
I see my grass needs to be mowed.  I see the weeds overtaking my garden.
I see my fence needs repair.  It’s raining.
I quickly close the door.
The dog brings half the back yard in on his feet;  I see mopping all the floors in my future.

I try again.
I mean it’s almost Thanksgiving.  I have to be grateful.
MUST FOCUS…
I need to finish my list of things I’m thankful for.
I need to make my kids finish their lists of things they’re thankful for.
I need to… err… you get the idea.

And again.

I curl up in my favorite chair.  I start to read.
I’m distracted.  The house is too quiet.
I see the obvious everywhere.
I see a dog hair dust bunny the size of Texas floating across the floor.
I see the dirty dishes that need to be done.
I see that by next year this time, my house will be quiet like this all the time… empty of kids and all the noise and motion that comes along with them.
Sheesh.  The dog wants to go out again…and this time he
brings back in the other half of the backyard on his feet.
Now my cup of coffee is cold.  And it’s time to finish a math lesson.  Now my list won’t get done.  I didn’t get my “quiet time” “done” either.   

And so I lose it.

I yell at the dog.
I  mean I YELL AT THE DOG !
I blame the whole list of what’s not going right in my world squarely on him right down to the cold coffee.  
He looks really confused and kind of scared.
Poor pooch.

And the kids hear me too.
Great.
That completely blows the gratitude lesson I did with them earlier in the morning.
Thoughtful Gratitude Builders >

Ummm  yeah.  And then I get it.
It’s MY attitude that needs a major overhaul.
“They” say we teach most powerfully by our example.

Have you ever had a day (or a string of days) like this ?!?

Some days  Every day, I need to just stop for a moment,
take a deep breath, open my eyes, open my heart,
and really SEE life…life past the “obvious” that an overtired heart sees.

There is beauty everywhere to be thankful for.
There is good even in the worst situations.
There is laughter even at the saddest moments.
It’s all about seeing past the obvious.

I’m practicing.
And my dog is grateful.

Years ago, I read a story to my children, taken from Corrie Ten Boom’s book ‘The Hiding Place’.    It is called “Thank You, God, for the Fleas!“.
I don’t know if they remember it or not, but I have never forgotten it.

All these lessons & stories are so good, but can we (I) truly teach our children to grow a thankful heart if we aren’t tending our own hearts and training them toward gratefulness ?
I hope we can somehow all be encouragers of thanksgiving along the way, as fully as Betsie was for Corrie.

SO…
I am giving thanks today for all of you mamas out there who are giving your all to raise your sons and daughters to change the world by their love and light!!

Teaching kids ourselves thankfulness takes a whole lot of effort some days.
But it is all well worth the return!
For which my dog is abundantly grateful.    🙂

 

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** Election Day is coming up!  **

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.
It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. ”
~
Ronald Reagan

It’s almost election day!
Excited about it, or not this year, it’s a great way to teach our children some very important lessons.
Why not take a break from the routine and make a quick brush up on the election process?
Maybe even take them along when you go to vote!  
YES!  You can do that !  Read more HERE .
Here are a few online freebie resources for a quick study.
I am always amazed at how many really wonderful (and free) ideas there are out there!
Wishing you all a fun week of living, loving, and learning together! 


* Especially For the Littles

And anybody else who likes fun coloring pages, simple explanations,
and The Berenstain Bears!!   🙂

*In All You Do… Breed- Love has LOTS of really cute preschool-early elementary election day printables (activities, coloring pages, handwriting pages, etc…) all freebies of course.    If you have not visited this blog before, you should.  One of my new favorites !

The Big Election … The Berenstain Bears  (Full Episode)

Duck For President  (YouTube)

* For Everybody 

Homeschool Deals Election Day Freebies  (LOTS of links for reading, printables, activities, and even crafts!)…My favorite ‘favorite’ today!!       🙂

Elections Printable Lapbook from Homeschool Share (very nice!)

*Election Unit Study from Busy Teachers Cafe

The United States and Our Government …  Printable book

Congress for KidsAll About Elections

*School House Rock 3 Branches of Government

*School House Rock Electoral College