Wednesday, August 8, 2012

We continue to enjoy The Story of the World on CD. I don’t look at it as a proper history curriculum, since a lot of things that are served there as something that actually happened have no archaeological evidence, but this makes it even more interesting as I help Anna find out how we know about certain events. Is it from legends and writings as The Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Or is it from amazing discoveries like the Tomb of King Tut. I am actually more excited about history now than I’ve ever been and learn something new every day. The 14 Wonders of the Ancient World

I couldn’t find any interesting books about Babylon in the library of my parents, but there was a movie The 14 Wonders of the World: Ancient and New. So far we watched only parts of it about Egyptian Pyramids and Babylon. Unfortunately, the movie didn’t go into fact/fiction separation and focused heavily on dramatic reenactments. It could also have benefited from higher resolution. Still, we both really want to finish it – hopefully this week.

 

Aug8_HangingGardensI suggested Anna to make her own hanging gardens. She rejected my original proposal of drawing them and opted to use her construction sets (loving grandparents have several of them!) She put a lot of thoughts in constructing a mechanized (in fact, battery operated) pump to draw water from Euphrates (that’s a blue line in the foreground). She spent so much time on the pump that her actual garden still has only one level. We’ll see how it looks by the end of the week.

8 comments:

Yelena said...

Can't wait to see how this project turns out! Can you do a close-up of the pump? Sounds fascinating. I'm considering SOW for my son, so your last few posts are very helpful.

Joyful Learner said...

Love to check out the video! Love the hanging garden that she's made!

Kelly said...

Wow, that's really cool that she's using her construction sets to make her own hanging garden.
Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

Susan said...

I enjoy history SO much more now than I did supposedly learning it the first time through!
Anna's hanging gardens are wonderful! I'm curious to see what else she does with it :)

Ticia said...

I knew it just took you finding a good history curriculum that you enjoy :)

Actually some of the old writings are how we've found the archaeological digs. That's how we found the digs that we think are Troy from theories from the Iliad.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Here hanging garden looks wonderful. What a creative idea!

Julie said...

Fun! I found Babylon fascinating when C was on his Wonders of the World kick a few years ago.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I'm very impressed with Anna's mechanized pump!