historyetc – egypt, joseph and sumer

today was always going to be a busy day, and having an unsettled night didn’t put me at the best. FWIW hump day yesterday was for me, it is my lowest day i think. trying not to have a blog of sadness tho, as I am still overwhelmingly grieving but carrying on. but despite poor sleep, jumped out of bed as actually day too interesting not to put ‘get on with it’ head on.

first was Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief. my girls have always been read greek myths and legends, and SB has had quite a passion for them in the past, and we have bacchus in the garden, so they ‘got’ a lot of the greek stuff. me, i loved it. yeah, it was a bit teen smolder at times, but a fun romp with some good effects. bit scary in places, SB said it was a bit scary, but she was hugging L who was quite scared, and that made her better :) BB found eating another choc button made her not so scared. hmmmm, chip and block springs to mind! lecielrouge had arrived first, and we had a backrow viewing. I would def recommend the film as a PG, with it actually having some pretty scary moments. the deependers also there, as well as some other home ed friends, so quite a crowd. :) it was a fab start to the day :)

we were then slightly late back to home for historyetc, and poor G and family getting cold on drive :blush: . had decided that we would be brisk at moving on, so had planned to do a full size joseph coat first with ‘peep head’ like seaside things, so cut up fabric squares, and Z drew an outline. the children then did some pretty fab gluing on of shapes. unfortunately BB put hers wrong, and wouldn’t try again, so i left Z in charge of glue happy children, and with S and G we made a pyramid out of sugar cubes, and equanimity was restored :) . pasta still not being quite ready, i lay out G’s pharoah masks crafts on <3 conservatory <3 table. and a number of children got going with those, some did the colour in egyptian gods on the coffee table, some did more sugar pyramids, and SB and E got completely messy gluing sand onto card to make a Giza diorama :)

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we had a break for pasta, and the wolves were definitely ravening :lol: prob due to lack of snack time, having been in the cinema :) lovely rice crispy cakes for afters as well. then, back to it! fimo scarab beetles, amulets etc in the conservatory, card pyramids in the sitting room and more pharoah mask painting in the conservatory. K did some Sumerian rules in the kitchen whilst SB and L made the most ENORMOUS sugar pyramid, and then she made some honey cake – which was yummy – mostly with bB and J i think. I think pretty much every child did most of the crafts, which was good.

We also had a stab at making a handprint tree. not sure about final effect – we need G and M to be grass as well, and a handprint of C at least to come from france, or maybe she and R could do 2 to make a quadrant as a sun?? we are thinking we might get these made into business cards as official home educators cards. perhaps using the moo free offer – we need a motto in latin and some idea of blurb to put on them? i have put the pics up there to be fiddled with by merry, as she said she would, to get best effect, and if K can do a motto we are away!


All of us then got photographed being Joseph :lol: i LOVED that! and then much rabbit adoration took place we all agreed how v tiny hamster is, tho the twin black otters are not much bigger. and Gerda is enormous :) . At the end of the day tho, we had to say goodbye to shadow/biscuit, who has now gone to live with her new family :cry: I am sure she will be v happy. :lol: at myself tho, when merry said she had never put 2 girl rabs together, i nearly said ours had settled in OK but obv one a boy!! some adult chatting. I have really enjoyed both historyetc sessions, and hope not just be thinking how well they work, with the children getting chance to play, chat and have fun whilst doing something relevant :)

BB had swimming, SB only had judo, as brownies cancelled, but we did practice the broken cords for her piano exam, and they were much better :) then we snuggled in front of a DVD as she felt shattered – bless, so do I! i plan to watch apprentice, and do a bit of flickring, as need to get todays photos up before Z starts nagging ;)

photoset on flickr

18 responses to “historyetc – egypt, joseph and sumer

  1. Fab tree and really enjoyed seeing the pics on BK. Looked a lovely day, full of happiness and friends :)

  2. was indeed a fab day :) thought we should do a historyetc day and a latinetc day at niccamps ;)

  3. ooh yeah! Could do a greek myths one :D Ah you weren’t being serious were you ;)

  4. we-elllll. maybe!

  5. Do you think Nic would ever forgive us if we did historyetc, latinetc and maybe also a mathsetc?

  6. Hmm, perhaps we need an etc camp ;)

    It was a fab day – thank you Helen :)

  7. maybe if thebabs organises one ;) should have musicetc in there too and wineandgamesetc ;)

  8. Where’s that rolling laughing head smiley gone when you want it? :)

    Love the tree, all looks like great fun – look forward to seeing everyone as Joseph!

  9. flickr nearly about to go up for today – breaking my in order rule as everyone else forgot camera!

  10. hmm ‘dreams take flight on the wings of learning’ won’t do that one!

  11. scientia, familia et pertinacia

  12. I quite like “Concordia res parvae crescent” although “Cave ab homine unius libri” might be oddly appropriate.


  13. lol Helen – I came out with familia, amicitia et scientia

  14. :) giggle, i think then we could have your 3 worder :)

  15. Such an excellent sounding day. Why is Tuesday hump day?

  16. Wow, what a fantastic day :) History with crafts sounds great!!

  17. it does work really well :) we are following this

    i think when we settle that perhaps we will do one craft that is fiddlier and takes longer for the older ones to get there teeth into, if they want. and plan to read stories etc. but really we have only done 2 sessions, and think they worked well. adding a joint project to the start really got things going too.

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