Back Again, With Some History Activities

We have been busy lately greeting newest arrival, so I haven’t posted much, but we have also been having a lot of fun.

We were looking at early writing systems. We compared papyrus scrolls with cuniform, creating one of each.

Making a papyrus scroll

One of the cuniform tablets LE. made
Then we experimented with what happened when we left them outside, heated them in the oven or put them in water, to show why not many surived to the present day. This idea came from the activity books that go with the Story of the World: Ancient Times. These books do have a lot of ‘schooly’ aspects, such as comprehension questions, but the hands on learning activities are great. To be honest, you could probably find a lot similar ideas elsewhere, but having them in one place and linked to the story books, they do make it easy to locate ideas, and quicker for me.

And right now, that’s a huge bonus!

Chemistry Follow-up

I have realised I haven’t written about how we follow-up on the science curriculum.

Last week we looked at chemistry, and LE seemed really taken with the periodic table.  (This link is now fixed.)   We printed it off, laminated it, and placed it where he sits at the table. We ended up having to do another one for A, it was so popular. Now mealtimes are often spent in a discussion where LE points to an element and we pronounce it, discuss what it is for and what the element is like in its pure state. (Don’t worry, it’s all on the periodic table!) We have also talked about chemical bonding and common compounds.  I have been really enjoying this because I am learning so much! I was not the chemist in our family 🙂 .

I also went to the library catalogue online and ordered some books for LE. We are still waiting for these to come in, but they include How to Make a Universe from 92 Ingredients and Sorting the Elements, as well as some books on famous chemists and the elements they discovered. I always borrow more books than we are likely to read because I’m not always able to predict exactly what will take the boys’ interest.