Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Story of the World Ancient Times - Chap 13 - The General and the Woman Pharoah

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The picture above shows Thutmose III and Hatshepsut.   Thutmose III was co-regent for a time with Hatshepsut (his stepmother and aunt).   I originally thought this was Thutmose I and Hatshepsut, but decided to leave it as the chapter intro anyways.  I'm not sure which one is which.

 This section of Story of the World  is about two great Pharaohs:  Thutmose I, and his daughter, Hatshepsut, one of the few women Pharaohs in Egypt's history.   Whether you're using this curriculum or another, I hope you find these resources to supplement your history lessons useful (I have a lot more on Hatshepset below that could be used apart from SOTW)!

Thutmose I

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Apart from looking at some pictures like the one above, we didn't do much the supplement the section on Thutmose I.  Below is a map which would also be shows Egyptian territory during his reign. 

Map of Egypt in 1450 BC 

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Hatshepsut is not just famous for being a women Pharoah...she is considered by many to be one of the greatest Pharaohs!  

I first learned about Hatshepsut reading The Egypt Game as a child, and have been fascinated with her ever since.   So, I was very excited to learn that she was covered in SOTW.  I thought they covered her well, but there was one oversight about Hatshepsut in this chapter (an understandable one since it's information that has only come out relatively recently).

The book said that Hatshepsut didn't fight any wars.  But she did.   According to the book 'Hatchepust, the Female Pharoah' by Joyce Tyldesley, which came out shortly after the first edition of Story of the World, there is growing evidence of Hatshepsut's "military prowess."   During her reign wars were fought against Nubia, the nations of the Upper Nile,  against the Ethiopians, and probably also against the Asiatics.  However, the book also did say that "Hatchepsut's military policy is perhaps best described as one of unobtrusive control; active defense rather than deliberate offense."  

(Foreign names tend to have various spellings in translation.  Hatchepsut is just another variation). 

Here's a few  random facts about Hatshepsut not included in the chapter that also might be fun to share....

  • Hatshepsut was actually not the first woman Pharaoh.   Sobekneferu ruled 3 centuries before her (though she had a short reign), and other earlier women pharaohs are rumored.
  • Hatshepsut had an interest in wild and exotic animals, and during her reign had a collection of live animals, perhaps somewhat like a zoo, that included apes, mon­keys, birds, grey­hounds, cat­tle, leop­ards, chee­tahs, rhi­noc­er­oses, and giraffes.

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  • Hatshepsut died at the age of 50.   Scientists believe she may have been killed by gradual exposure to toxins in a cream she used for a skin condition.  


The book said that the only jobs women in Egypt were allowed to do was to be a wife and mother, priestess, or dancer.  This was somewhat true for upper class women (though they could also be musicians or professional mourners, and even being a wife involved managing the servants of the household, so it was more than just taking care of and teaching children).     But among the lower classes there were many other jobs done by women.    Women could also be musicians, weavers, servants, cooks, perfumers, and even doctors.   Farmer's wives worked alongside their husbands in the fields, and women were sometimes known to manage farms or businesses in the absence of their husbands or sons.


TedEd - The Hidden History of Hatshepsut
I love this short video by TedEd which tells more interesting details about this ruler.

This is interactive online tour of Hatshepsut's mortuary temple, one of her many building projects.   It's really amazing.

There are printable Pharoah Headress here that would make a fun craft for this unit.  If you also wanted to make a fake beard, there's a picture of a toilet paper roll one here that wouldn't be hard to follow (sorry, just a picture, not instructions).    (Alternate printable idea with mask and collar here, but using a shirt for the headdress, that also has a good printable beard)

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Reading Guide for Magic Tree House and Story of the World

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My middle kiddo LOVED the Magic Tree House books, and they're a great way to get kids interested in history.    I decided to see how much it was possible to line up the Magic Tree House Stories to Story of the World.  I knew it wouldn't be possible to have everything line up because Magic Tree House books don't go in chronological order, and they do have story arcs (sub-series within the greater series) that go together and are nice to read in order.

I came up with several schedules to align with Volumes 1 and 2 of SOTW.   For Volume 1 I made one schedule including ALL the books, excluding the Merlin Missions (though 13 of the books you would read after finishing that SOTW volume, and only one of those left aligned with Volume II).   I did another schedule that just included the story arcs that had books which directly related to SOTW.   I did the same for Volume II, but didn't try to fit in all the books that time, and also did a separate schedule for Merlin Missions since more of those books related to that time period.   You can find the printable schedules at the links below.... (you can only access these by computer, not via most phones).

Magic Tree House 
Reading Schedules

Friday, June 8, 2018

Field Trip: La Jolla Tide Pools, San Diego

My son is fascinated by sea life.   Right now he says he wants to be a Marine Biologist.  (Of course, earlier this year he wanted to be a chef, so we'll see if this one sticks.)  But regardless, living so close to the ocean there's plenty of opportunities to feed his interest.

We recently took a trip to the La Jolla tidepools, which we both thoroughly enjoyed.


The day was a little clowdy, but he didn't mind.   The spot was nice...plenty of deep tidepools, but also adjacent to some sandy beach areas that were better for swimming (no nearby bathrooms though).  

He brought his goggles and snorkel...a replaced birthday gift (the original one got lost on his FIRST trip to the beach with it.   Snorkels and waves do not mix!   But it was perfect for tidepool exploring).  

Before and after the trip we read the passages about tidepools in One Small Square:  Seashore by Donald Silver.   The "One Small Square books are some of my favorite for learning about different habitats.   They include activities, but we didn't do any this time because we were meeting with some other homeschoolers and I wanted my son to be free to play and explore without direction.   But the book built up ideas for the trip and gave us some great ways to talk about it and learn from what he'd seen.

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If you're in the San Diego area and want to visit this particular spot on the beach, it's at 321 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA.

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