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  • Tag: ‘Ancient History’

    Ancient China, Gunpowder, and Paper.

    Thursday, April 23rd, 2015


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    We touched on China BC, here.

    This time we were learning about the beginning of Gunpowder, Paper, and China’s three Kingdoms in the 1st century AD

    Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #31: China: Land of the Emperor’s Great Wall: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #14: Day of the Dragon King (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
    is made to go with the Magic Tree House book “Day Of The Dragon-King (Magic Tree House 14, paper)” but it has a lot of information that was helpful for this study as well.

    We also got “The Story of Paper” by Ying Chang Compestine.

    I had planned to try to make paper with the boys but when it came down to it what I wanted to do proved to be too much work for me to jump in on.

    I found resources for Gunpowder hard to come by but here are two interesting video clips we found on the history channel’s site,

    Gunpowder: A Brief Big History

    Gunpowder to Guns


    I did decide to delve into Chinese Characters and Mandarin this time though.


    The boys had a lot of fun trying out different characters for numbers.


    The book they used is “The First 100 Chinese Characters: Simplified Character Edition: The Quick and Easy Way to Learn the Basic Chinese Characters (Tuttle Language Library)”.


    We used Tuttle Chinese for Kids Flash Cards Kit Vol 1 Simplified Character: [Includes 64 Flash Cards, Downloadable Audio, Wall Chart & Learning Guide]: Simplified Character v. 1 (Tuttle Flash Cards) to learn some Mandarin.

    I have the Early Start Mandarin Chinese with Bao Bei the Panda
    videos for children that are great at teaching words and phrases but they proved too young for the boys now.

    I was a little sad they are too big for them.

    I remember how much they liked them when they were little and how great they are at teaching Mandarin!


    I had the boys try out chopsticks for the first time as well!

    It did not go well with my youngest…


    If you want to see other resources that I saved but did not get to, check out my Pinterest board for Ancient History, here.

    Jesus and the Early Church

    Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

    To go along with our study of Hero of Alexandria we learned about Jesus the and the early church.

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    At first I thought we would just read the bible but just reading one chapter after another of the new testament was not working.

    So I bought “Case for Christ for Kids (Case for… Series for Kids)” by Lee Stobel


     We had really enjoyed “Case for a Creator for Kids (Case for… Series for Kids)” by Lee Stobel for our Creation Study.

    Case for Christ for kids was a great book!

    It laid out the argument against Christ and used logic to look at the fallacies in a kid friendly way.

    Both of his kids books we have read have been a great intro into Apologetics.

    The Adventures in Odyssey has several audio shows about Jesus as well that would be great for this study.


    For the history of the Early Church we read, “The Ides of April (Ray, Mary, Roman Empire Sequence.)” and “Beyond the Desert Gate” by Mary Ray, “Attack at the Arena (AIO Imagination Station Books Book 2)” an imagination station book,

    and “For the Temple A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem” by G.A. Henty(which you can get free for your kindle).

    His books seem to be more geared towards 10+, but my oldest(8yrs old) enjoys them.

    They are just a bit more of a challenge for him.

    I also bought “Spartacus (Young Reading Series Two)” by Russell Punter since it was during that time period.

    Pompeii and Volcanoes

    Monday, February 23rd, 2015

    Here are the books we used to study the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.


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    “Magic Tree House #13: Vacation Under the Volcano by Mary Pope Osborne

    “I Survived #10: I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79 by Lauren Tarshis

    “You Wouldn’t Want to Live in Pompeii! A Volcanic Eruption You’d Rather Avoid” by John Malam

    “Escape from Pompeii” by Christina Balit


    We studied Volcanoes along with learning about the Mount Vesuvius eruption.

    Here are the books we used.

    “The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth (Magic School Bus)” by Joanna Cole

    “The Magic School Bus Science Chapter Book #15: Voyage to the Volcano by Judith Stamper

    “The Explosive World of Volcanoes with Max Axiom, Super Scientist (Graphic Science)” by Christopher L. Harbo

    “Big Book of Earth & Sky” by Bodie Hodge

    “Volcano Rising” by Susan Swan

    “Volcanoes (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)” by Franklin M. Branley


    We also used a Magic School Bus Kit, The Magic School Bus -Blasting Off With Erupting Volcanoes.


    The boys got a lot out of the labelling the kit had them do!

    I was really surprised by that. I thought they would get more out of the actual experiments.



    The were really interested in figuring out what types the different volcanoes we read about were.


    Sometimes I just never know what will interest them!


    They liked this experiment showing how fault lines work.



    Drawing the fault lines on his “earth”.



    Hopefully our earth does not have to be squished for an eruption to take place…



    Total destruction.



    I was a little disappointed that most of the experiments had to do with baking soda reactions to different acids.

    I guess it is the most kid friendly eruption but I felt like it did not have a lot to do with how an actual eruption takes place.



    We decided to try out one I had found online a while ago, here.

    Please buy the Corning Pyrex made for laboratory use for this experiment!

    We used regular Microwave safe Pyrex and I think it was a horrible idea.

    I read about it later and saw that it is not safe for stove tops!

    Do not use it!


    We will be buying this “Corning Pyrex 1000-600 Glass 600mL Graduated Low Form Griffin Beaker, 50mL Graduation Interval, with Double Scale before we try this again!


    The wax works it’s way up through the sand when it is heated.

    Very cool.

    We also watched Nova: Deadliest Volcanoes and Pompeii – The Last Day.

    Deadliest Volcanoes was great! It even talked about Vesuvius and that fact it is actually a part of a super volcano!

    That is crazy to see!

    Pompeii: The Last Day was a little too intense for my 7&8yr old.

    They ended up leaving because it was just too much for them.

    I enjoyed it though and I think teenagers would find it interesting but it might be too sad for young kids.

    It tried to give a story to the cast’s of people and animals that they found from the eruption.

    Both of these were available on Netflix when we did this study.