Friday, August 3, 2012

Planning a Sumerian Temple

Sumerian Slave

We bought Story of the World Volume 1 on CD and listen to it in the car. Anna is very interested in the story, and I decided to dig a little deeper into history with her even though, as usual, I am much better in planning than in implementation. At least I managed to bring a couple of books home to supplement SOTW narrative. Both of us really like You Wouldn’t Want to Be… series, and we read You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Sumerian Slave! for Mesopotamia. Of course, there are so many possible projects here (mud bricks were high on my “if I July31_SumerianPlanever have time” list), but as I was working from home with Anna at my side I asked her to pretend that Lego blocks are mud bricks and build a Sumerian house or a temple. Anna took my suggestion very seriously and said that she needs to plan it first. She came up with a very involved plan of a “Temple to all Gods”. There are several levels and a working elevator to the Sun God’s Dome (apparently, the Sumerians are very evolved people!). There are special offerings planned for different gods. Interestingly, similar to me, daughter had fun planning and describing her vision to me, but expressed zero interest in actually building this temple. She said, I will build it one day when I figure out how to make it perfect. She is so my daughter in so many ways!

6 comments:

RockerMom a.k.a. Jennifer said...

Very cool! I have that book on my wish list for first grade. I'm glad to hear that you and Anna enjoyed it!

Debbie said...

Many visions have to wait until one figures out how to make them perfect before they are built!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I love the mother-daughter similarities!

And how funny that Anna put an elevator in her temple!

Joyful Learner said...

I love how you are doing homeschool lite. Believe it or not, we don't get to do all the suggested activities either (more into planning than execution as well). Mandarin classes take up so much time so we don't get to all the fun activities. Love the floor plan! K loves maling floor plans too.

MommyWise said...

Haha... that's perfect! I take it you're going the classical route... starting with ancients? Or is that just where her interests lie?

MommyWise said...

I love the idea of SOTW and have picked it up multiple times to read and have almost convinced myself to buy it. But, like you said, it adds Biblical history into it as all fact and then, there are so many reviews of people pointing out erroneous dates and facts that I just can't seem to accept all that. I keep thinking maybe of just getting the audio books and using them as stories because they are so engaging.. but... I don't know. I can't make up my mind.

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