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.
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.
I 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.