Sunday, September 22, 2013

Homemade History, Week 9

History was sort of History Lite this week because of the other projects we had going, but the kids requested and therefore we still did a sort of history study.  I'll put in all the stuff that could be used in case you want to do a full week, but we didn't do it all.  No way, Jose.

Week 9 Topic:  Indus Valley Civilizations, Hindu

Monday:  Reading, summary, timeline - Story of the World (Chs. 9 and 30), Life in the Ancient Indus River Valley (pp. 1-15), Kingfisher Book of the Ancient World (pp. 52-57), Kingfisher History Encyclopedia (pp. 14-15, 33), and Usborne World History Encyclopedia (pp. 118-119, 174) were all given options.  The kids poked through some of the choices, and I requested a book from the library on Hinduism for each of them.

Tuesday:  Map Trek map of ancient India and discussion of Hindu gods.  We didn't get around to the discussion, but we did the map.  Score one for geography.

Wednesday:  Definitions (plateau, plain, citadel, caste) and critical thinking questions:  What do you think happened to the people who lived in Mohenjo-Daro?  What do you think of a caste system?  Can you think of anything that's good about it?  Anything bad?  (Doodlebug couldn't think of a single good thing about it unless you were in the upper castes.  He was quite indignant.  We just answered these orally this week.)

Thursday:  We didn't do anything on Thursday since we were out of the house for most of the day, but the plan had been to watch some videos on the ancient Indus Valley peoples like this one on an ancient Aryan settlement or a Crash Course video on the Indus Valley civilizations (note: no mention of scoodily-pooping in this one).  Or maybe let them poke around on the BBC site about Hinduism or a similar BBC Kids site on the Indus Valley.

Friday:  I had planned to let the kids make rangoli again - giant rangoli on giant pieces of concrete in the driveway and/or on giant pieces of paper that we could save and hang up for Diwali, but the weather didn't cooperate.  Hard to make sand art on wet concrete.  The kids, however, decided that they weren't to be denied, so they chose to make candles.  They initially wanted to make their own little terra-cotta pinch pots and fill those, but when Boo started poking around in her craft supplies, she realized she had a soy candle-making kit and they decided that would probably be safer and easier.  I agreed.

They want to place these out on Diwali (November 3) and maybe make some rangoli between now and then as an art project.  I'm not about to argue.

Next week (well, OK, this week... I'm behind, I know):  Crete - Minoans, Mycenaeans.  

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