For history, the three oldest and I are traveling back through time with The Mystery of History, Volume 1: Creation to the Resurrection by Linda Lacour Hobar. There are a number of reasons why I like this curriculum so much for our family. First, it works for a variety of ages at the same time. When I’m reading aloud about the Mycenaens or the Trojan Horse, the older three (and sometimes even the three-year-old) are able to listen and follow along. Secondly, it starts at creation and goes through history chronologically, making sure to highlight what is going on in various parts of the world at the same time. It takes away from the disjointed feel of a lot of history curriculum. The book encourages you to make a timeline so the kids can easily see what happened when. We are all very visual learners so we have been having a lot of fun making our timeline. My favorite part of Mystery of History, however, is the plethora of extra projects and ideas included in the text. In case you couldn’t tell from all my art and experiment posts, I love to do extra projects with my kids!
When we studied early Egypt a few months back, one of the suggested projects was making an ancient Egyptian cartouche bookmark. (It’s on page 95 in case you needed to find it.) I loved the idea, and together we came up with our own version of this bookmark. A cartouche was a intricate box that featured pictures representing the name of an important person. You can learn more about cartouches here.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own ancient Egyptian cartouche bookmark: a piece of white cardstock, a pencil, scissors, an exacto knife, a glue stick, a hole puncher, gold acrylic paint, black paint, gold pipe cleaner, and paper towels
First, you will need to make two templates out of your card stock. Draw a oval shape like the one above with the “handle” underneath, and cut it out. Then trace it again on your card stock and cut out a second matching shape. On one of your templates, draw your name in hieroglyphics. (There is a key to the Egyptian alphabet in the back of the Mystery of History book, but if you don’t have that, you can use this easy site. You just type in your name, and it shows you what your name looks like in hieroglyphics.)
Next, cut out the hieroglyphs with the exacto knife or a very sharp pair of scissors. Don’t worry if you have some rough edges – they will smoothed out when you paint it later.
Using a glue stick, glue the template with the hieroglyphs on it on top of the blank template.and let dry. Punch a hole in the top with the hole puncher.
Paint the whole bookmark gold and let dry.
Using a bunched up paper towel, dab a little black paint on top of the gold and smudge it around to give the bookmark an aged look.
Finally, cut small pieces of the gold pipe cleaner and glue them to the bottom “handle.” Cut a larger piece to insert through the punched hole, and then twist it to secure it.
Now you’ve got a very fancy and mysterious bookmark indeed! Use it to mark the latest lesson in your history book.