Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Beginning - History 1 & 2 (Explorers & Trailblazers)

Our knowledge of ancient history comes from only a few sources, the Bible (obviously primary), ancient artwork, ancient objects, and other ancient writings.  Many of these sources of knowledge are discovered through archaeology.

The earliest people were nomadic, but when they settled they formed communities that left traces which modern people can analyze to learn more about the past.   Mesopotamia (modern Iraq), the area between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, is the site of many Biblical stories, and also many archaeological digs.

In class activities:

  • Created covers for our ancient history notebooks
  • Dug for artifacts
  • Analyzed clues to solve a modern archaeological mystery 

Optional lesson extension activities:
  • Create your own "treasure rocks" to excavate just like an archaeologist.  Recipe available here, along with other fun archaeology projects.

Assignment for 9/15:

  • Discuss: What is an archaeologist?  Why are they interested in old broken things?  Is it okay for Christians to study archaeology?
  • Read history cards: Old Testament & Ancient Egypt (OT) 5-8

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Parent Information 2015/2016

Hi friends!

We are excited to have you join us for this year's adventures through the ancient time period.  In order to have your child best prepared for class please print out a copy of the syllabus and make sure that they come to class having read back of each timeline card.  Whether or not you choose to add additional readings to your lessons is entirely up to you.  Use the correlation chart as a resource to bring your favorite books into your studies, but please do not try to read everything listed.  It is far too much.

This era requires two packs of timeline cards.  You can purchase them at the link below (the lowest price we could find for new cards), or search e-bay and other re-sellers for discounts.

{Sale until 8/31: get free shipping on orders of $100 with code 376371}

Remember: we place these cards in chronological order
so you will need to re-shuffle these decks.
To see the correct order check our course syllabus.

Teachers will be updating this site weekly with their class summaries and assignments.  Please note that we WILL NOT be sending individualized assignments messages this year.  It is your responsibility to check the site and send your students to class prepared if they are not old enough to check the site on their own.

You don't need to miss a message.  This site can automatically e-mail you every time new content is posted.  Simply look on the right  for the "Follow by E-mail" box, and enter your e-mail address.  It looks like this:

Parent assignments are almost finalized.  If you still do not have a role, please contact Kristina at Mitchells @ onemacworld .com to discuss where we can best utilize your skills.  

We are also in need of help with end-of-day cleaning.  Each family is required to volunteer for just one day out of the year.  You are welcome to choose any day that works well for your schedule.  Simply pick a date and you will automatically receive a reminder message.  Sign up here if you haven't already!

Don't forget to check out our Frequently Asked Questions page if you are searching for information, but if you don't find the answer you need, you are always welcome to contact us.   

Looking forward to a great year!  
Sheryl G.