Category Archives: History Odyssey

Phoenician Fashion

The Phoenicians used a certain type of snail from the sea, in a particularly stinky process, to extract minute amounts of purple dye.  The dye was used to color fabric, usually made into clothing for royalty, since the dye was … Continue reading

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Ancient Phoenician Boat Craft

Next up in our ancient history studies is Ancient Phoenicia (Chapter 15 in Story of the World, if you’re following along).  The ancient Phoenicians lived in Canaan, what is now modern day  Lebanon. They were accomplished traders for their time, … Continue reading

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The New Kingdom of Egypt

This weeks’ ancient history studies found us learning about some amazing people in ancient Egyptian history: King Tutankhamen, otherwise known as King Tut, and Hatshepsut, Egypt’s first female pharoah.  The kids were fascinated with them both. Tutankhamen became a pharoah … Continue reading

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The Middle Kingdom of Egypt

Next up in our ancient history studies is the Middle Kingdom of Egypt (chapter 12 in Story of the World, Ancients), which dates from 2040 to about 1720 BCE. The Egyptians invaded the Kingdom of Nubia during this time.  Nubia … Continue reading

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Adventures in Ancient Africa

Next stop on our ancient history adventures has taken us to Africa. We’ve really enjoyed the stories about Anansi the Spider.  One story is included in the Story of the World Text.  In addition, we’ve read Gerald McDermott’s Caldcott Honor … Continue reading

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Spooky Spiders – No Trip to the Craft Store Necessary

I wanted to do an easy, spidery craft with the kids,  using what we had around the house, rather than making yet another trip to the craft store. They’re getting to know me there, and it feels kind of like … Continue reading

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How To Mummify a Rubber Chicken

Why, you ask, did we mummify a rubber chicken?  Because a.) We are studying ancient Egypt; and b.) Because it is less disgusting that mummifying a real chicken. Mummifying a chicken is fairly common in homeschooling circles, especially amongst those … Continue reading

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