Sunday, September 29, 2013

Homemade History, Week 10

No pictures today; they simply didn't happen this week.  Not that we did a lot of things that were photogenic.  This will also be short.  My back is spasming, and sitting hurts.

Week 10 Topic:  Crete - Minoans and Mycenaeans

Monday:  Reading, notes, timeline.  Our timeline died the ugly death this week after the whiteboard jumped off the wall and attempted to maul Doodlebug, so I broke down and simply ordered a book of completed timelines from Amazon rather than trying to redo our own.  So from now on, we'll simply be finding the people we're studying on the timeline vs. creating our own.  I'm okay with that.  Reading options were:  Story of the World Ch. 18 and the first half of Ch. 19, Usborne World History Encyclopedia pp. 126-127, Kingfisher Book of the Ancient World pp. 64-67, and Kingfisher History Encyclopedia pp. 16-17.

Tuesday:  Map Trek map of early Greece (the kids recently finished reading various versions of the Iliad and were delighted to learn where Troy was, and I pointed out Ithaca for good measure since they'll be reading simplified versions of the Odyssey soon) and they picked topics for their next history papers.  Doodlebug chose Cretan crafting and architecture; Boo chose Japanese mythology.

Wednesday:  I let the kids make a book of the ancient Greek gods.  It was one of the projects in the Ancient Greece book that I have an e-copy of.  They enjoyed that.  We also watched some videos, specifically this one on Knossos and this one on the Mycenaeans.  We also watched several bull jumping videos; their favorite was this one.

Thursday:  Definitions (from History Pockets - agora, chiton, column, and myth) and critical thinking questions - 1) Would you have preferred to live with the Minoans or the Mycenaeans?  Why?  2) Would you have wanted to be a bull jumper?

Friday:  For their project, I asked them to make a labyrinth.  I gave them the choice of using Legos and other 'real' materials or just drawing a maze, and they both opted to just use graph paper and draw their mazes.  It was a good challenge for both of them, and they enjoyed it.  I was surprised how much they got out of it; the amount of time they spent on it gave them an appreciation for how long it would have taken for Daedalus (or whoever) to design a labyrinth, let alone construct one.

Next week:  Bronze Age Europe - henges, palisades, farming methods

1 comment:

Wendy L. Callahan said...

You are so much better with teaching history than I am. Love everything you and the kids have been doing (even if it makes me feel like a slacker). ;)

Hope your back feels better soon. Please take care of yourself.