Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Planet Earth

The Legend of the Golden Pyramid

I judge success of our geography hops by how well Anna incorporates what she learned into her independent play and how many questions she asks about the country and its culture. In this regard our Egypt theme was the best ever so far. Anna’s interest in Egypt started with our Passover study, so I decided to move Egypt theme ahead of my other plans. Usually I am not a big fan of books made from TV shows and movies, but Anna was obsessed with The Legend of the Golden Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile Pyramid. I am trying to catch DVD in our local library, but it’s constantly checked out, and we cannot reserve DVDs. She also enjoyed Bill and Pete books by Tomie dePaola despite the fact that they had “A Bad Guy” in them. She wanted to see the Nile River on the map, and we looked at Africa in “adults’ atlas” finding what countries the Nile is flowing through and finding Egypt.

Apr12_Egypt

I’ve seen the River Nile, the Sphinx and other wonders of Egypt in person in 2001. It was one of the best vacations ever, because Egypt is an amazing country. I only had a few pictures to show Anna from that trip, but she was fascinated to see photos of (much younger) me next to the Pyramid, the Sphinx and the giant statues of Abu Simbel.

Apr12_Statues

Anna keeps saying that she wants to go to Egypt when she is older (maybe when I am five?). For now she is content with recreating Egyptian monuments out of Lego. She built all those “famous Egyptian statues” while she was supposed to be taking a nap. I certainly hope that we can go again one day, so she can see the beauty and the might of the times long gone with her own eyes.

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9 comments:

Ticia said...

I love her statues. I'm with her I'd love to visit Egypt, and I'm jealous you've been there.

Pathfinder Mom said...

How exciting that you were able to make that trip. DH and I love watching Egypt specials on PBS.

We did an Egypt study a while back. Tornado Boy really enjoyed seeing his name in Hieroglyphics. There's a translator here: hieroglyphs translator.

Debbie said...

I love the pictue of Anna, she looks so happy there looking at those pictures.

Christy said...

We have that Bill & Pete book. C loves all things Egypt!

MaryAnne said...

I love Anna's statues! We haven't done anything with Egypt yet, but I could definitely see it capturing my children's imaginations.

vanessa said...

Egypt always fascinated me too, as a child. How wonderful that you got to see it in person!

Adriana said...

I love how you follow her lead on the topics you study. I am sure that it makes her feel very important. I hope that she gets to see Egypt when she turns five. That would make a great birthday present. :)

Julie said...

I'm glad she enjoyed her Egypt lesson so much. One day I will definitely do a study of Egypt. C spent close to a year obsessed with Egypt, so we already have an entire library and lots of toys related to it. But it would be nice to revisit it at some point. It's a fascinating place.

Kim said...

I can't wait to read about your trip to Egypt here on the blog. She'll be 5 in no time - better start planning! Love the statues!