Sunday, May 18, 2014

C is for Creation through the Fall of Rome!

We are at the end of our history year. We have covered so many different times, places, people, and events. It has been a wild ride! To go from creation all the way through the fall of Rome - that's a lot of stories of men, women, children, and ancient life. It is a little haunting to me because there is no way to cover all the things I want to cover, no way to meet all the people I wanted to meet, and no way to visit all the cities, temples, rivers, villas, mountains, and homes I really wanted to visit with my children. History really is HIS story, but it is His story working among men and women, times and places, and in each and every life that has ever lived. And we are only up to circa 400 AD!

This week, we ended our long study with a Timeline Challenge. I printed off page after page of my Home School in the Woods, Timeline Figures, and unrolled a long piece of butcher paper. Each of these timeline figures represents an important event or person and has the date. That didn't make it much easier as I cut out 115 figures and handed them out, entirely mixed up, to all eight kids and told them to get going!

Here they are sorting the figures.

Here they are starting to place them on the timeline.

It took a lot of team work, and then at the last, the work of the two most dedicated. 

It was really neat to see at the end! We covered so much this year, and this was only a little bit of the whole.

Some of what we used for the year (some affiliate links):

Dough maps of Egypt that we made during this study:

I love her exuberance for all things history! She was the one that told me about this fascinating book:

Pharaohs And Kings: A Biblical Quest

(This is SUCH a cool game! I have the free version and I love it. What a challenge, but a fun one!)

(Jim Weiss does this in CD format and I always recommend Weiss!)

Great video and info on the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Persecution under Roman rulers. There are some powerful stories linked here! 

Etruscan video and information in this post. 

The Truth of Troy (video at link) and making cookie maps of Greece. Delicious!

(This book and its companion below, are beautiful. It is hard to find these anymore, but they are around and often found in libraries. One of mine is super special to me because it was signed by Rosemary Sutfliff!)

The Assyrian ~ Samaritan connection. Fascinating!


(Super fun game that helps you learn the areas. Definitely not specific to ancient cultures, but still a great tool for fun learning on a Friday night!)

(These are *so* useful! From full coloring pages to wall-sized timeline figures to the small ones you see in the photo above--you can use these in so many ways from your little ones all the way up through high school.

(Review of this product here.)
Gilgamesh the King (The Gilgamesh Trilogy) 
(Series of full color picture books with amazing artwork! Check your library!)

(One of the most interesting stories in the study of history! After the find of the Rosetta Stone, they could not figure it out. This is the story of the main man who did.)

(One of the most interesting books about the flight of the Israelites I have ever read. I highly recommend it!)

(These are parental watch first (IMHO) because there are, as they are in the real story of Joseph, some spicey bits. However, it is entirely possible to watch this with the kids and it is a really interesting recreation of ancient Egypt in one of its various heydays. Well worth watching!)

(I offer the same warning with this DVD. I only watched this one with the oldest two. Please watch it first and decide for your family. It offers a very realistic view of the times, multiple wives and the strife therein, the conflict with Ishmael and Issac. It is definitely worth watching.)

(This is a DK book. [All the more strange since its focus is Creation!] It has lovely illustrations though and I have always been glad I owned it.)
There were other resources we used, I know, but today, I cannot remember any more than this. I hope these give you some ideas and help get you going on your own ancient history journey! Studying this time period is one of the most fascinating of all. Ancient times and places - they hold magic that has yet to even be discovered by archaeologists. I can't wait to find out in the future!

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Unknown said...

All great resources. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Kate said...

Thanks, Diane! We learned so much! It was wonderful. :)


Wendy Kaye said...

Awesome list of resources. Thanks for sharing! :)Added them to my Pinterest boards! ;)

A Learning Journey said...

Thank you for sharing so many wonderful links and resources. It looks like you had an amazing year of history learning.