Wednesday, June 24, 2009

"Nomad" dwellings

This summer, because of the direction I am heading with the kids school in the fall, we are doing a quick review of the Ancent Times (5000 BC - AD 400) of History. We started on Monday and the first lesson was about the Nomads, who eventually started to settle in the Fertile Cresent, around the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. The kids learned that as they started to live in one place these people made houses out of whatever materials they had on hand. So, the kids' project for the day was to use whatever materials they could find to build a hut for their littlest pet shop animals that they always play with. They both came up with very unique and different houses using bark, shells, stones, and things they could find around the camper. This activity went over so well, that they've spent all their free time since then building "huts".
Last night when Brian came home I told him what they had been doing. He said "so they've been playing that they're in the Fertile Cresant?" I told him that I didn't think so, that they were just having fun building houses. Which Micah overheard and instantly corrected me! He explained that they were building houses in the Fertile Cresant, and even showed us where the Tigris river was and where the Euphrates river was!
And now their house are homes to lizards, toads, and lizard eggs, along with all the little play animals :)

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