March 11, 2013

When School Crosses Over into Play

We had a tremendous breakthrough in our homeschool this week when, for the first time ever, our schoolwork has crossed over into our playtime!  We started using Susan Wise Bauer's The Story of the World about 8 weeks ago and we have had a great time learning about ancient Egypt!  Imagine my surprise when I walked by my daughter (age 6) and found her doing this:

 "What are you doing?" I had asked her.  It looked interesting.  She then told me she was going to mummify this baby.  She had her pipe-cleaner hook to scoop out her brains, the play food there was for her natron, salt and sweet smelling spices.  She then "washed" the baby doll, she then "cut" her open and put her "internal organs" (more play food) into "canopic jars."  (That explained why she had been searching through the kitchen for containers.)  Next she wrapped up her baby in toilet paper (hey, we had to improvise, I'm fresh out of linen strips), she even remembered to put amulets into the wrappings..  She created a lovely sarcophagus out of paper, complete with funerary mask.
The completed result was pretty impressive topped off with hieroglyphics she found in the book.  She spent hours on this little project and I must admit I was so excited!  I'm thrilled that my daughter had so much fun learning about history that she played "Ancient Egypt" for hours afterward.

We are having the time of our lives and history has quickly become our favorite subject!  

What was the last subject your kids really got into?

Stephanie has been married to her wonderful husband James for 10 years.  They are parents to 2 special blessings through the miracle of adoption.  Kayley, age 6 and Maggie, age 3.  This is her second year "officially" homeschooling although every day is a day at school.   You can visit her family at Swinging On Small Hinges.

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Shirley said...

We love Story of the World and it turns into playtime quite often! We've made various costumes, shields, and toys over this year. So much fun!

Brianna said...

We love history and use The Story of the World books/workbooks. My kids love the projects. We had a great time this morning with a game from the book about Joan of Arc. Love what your daughter came up with - kids are so creative!

Tiffany said...

Yay! What a success! The love of learning! Great job!

Jen Altman said...

Ancient Egypt was a fav of our, even my 2yo was talking about mummies!