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Ancient Egypt Unit Study: Hands-on Fun, Ideas and Activities for Busy Homeschoolers and Teachers Paperback – June 1, 1999
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Belinda J Mooney is a veteran homeschool mom of 7. She has been published in over 100 magazines and has written several educational books. She also has several websites for families and educators including www.learningtreasures.com
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Ancient Egypt Unit Study: Hands-on Fun, Ideas...
Belinda J Mooney
Didn't take long to see where some of this stuff is deliberately wrong! Educational representatives are held to a high standard, to ensure those who teach are accountable for their information. I actually received a pointer to this book from a lesson plan course study. Immediately seeing the cover highlights exactly how history is sometimes portrayed specifically to poison (COINTEL Pro tactic) and in this instance -- where does the author come of showing the Ancient Egyptians as "White" males!
I rest my case.
There are a lot of activities to involve kids and help them get a "whole brain" feel for Egypt they'll always remember. This includes playing the same games and a recipe so they can try out some ancient Egyptian style cooking.
Plus, there's also a lot of suggestions for additional research. Obviously the subject of ancient Egyptian civilization itself is vast enough to fill up many college courses.
No one book can cover everything, especially for children. But this book boils it down to the basics so children can understand something of how it felt to live there at that time, and makes the learning fun. And it relates Egypt to Biblical references and stories.
It's perfect for any homeschooling family or homeschooling group. Public and private schools could also benefit from this teaching resource.
Most of this unit can be enjoyed without spending a cent. The supplies for projects and activities are probably things that you have around the house. You'll probably want to borrow a few books from the public library so children can look up facts, but the Internet (if you trust it) will work for this, too.
I especially like the variety of activities and projects that can be adapted for groups, classes, or families that include a variety of learning modalities, abilities, interests, and ages.
When we homeschooled, we generally used the Konos curriculum. So, I'm familiar with unit studies and I've seen a lot of them... the good, the bad, and the truly you've-got-to-be-kidding awful. When the author showed me this book, I was very impressed with it.
This is as close to perfect as any study unit I've seen. There are enough activity and project ideas to keep students busy (and happily learning) for at least a month, with the option of extending this for a full semester of in-depth study about ancient Egypt.
I'm very impressed, and highly recommend it to supplement any homeschooling curriculum, or to enhance studies in public and private schools. Parents who aren't homeschooling will enjoy this book to help children get better grades when studying Egypt, and think of extra-credit activities.
This book takes the effort out of planning studies, projects and activities related to ancient Egypt. When the teacher's having fun, the students do, too!