Starting new topics is so much fun! I love getting out new books, chasing up new resources, putting up new posters. Our next topic is Ancient Egypt, and today we started.
Our starting point was the chapter in The Story of the World: Book 1. That starts talking about Ancient Egypt, and talks about the Nile and the role the Nile played, as well as the story of Osiris.
We have a lovely posters from DK Eyewitness Expert about Ancient Egypt. (These have been very sadly discontinued 😦 ) up on the wall, and my personal collection of Egyptian-y books ready to go. Yes, I spent waaaay too much time as a teenager trying to teach myself hieroglyphs, so I have a reasonable collection.
We get lots of great ideas for the younger children from the Little City Kids website. My children really enjoy the hands-on activities they offer.
Today we wrote up a lot of questions we wanted to learn the answers to. I find this a good way of judging what the prior level of knowledge is, as well as learning what topics they find interesting. Judging from our list, we have the usual morbid fascination with mummies, but also an interest in the daily life of the ordinary people.
One of the best things is not know where exactly we will end up, Not knowing what fun rabbit trails we will follow. Will they want to learn about counting systems they used? Build something? Make models? Who knows!