Chapter 12 deals with the Middle Kingdom of Egypt. I read to them while they colored the brooch pictures. To my surprise, it really worked. I thought maybe it was just a fluke last time. But it really works. Coloring keeps them focused and they listen while I read.
We worked through the review questions and tried our best to narrate. Let’s just say, it’s a work in progress. But we shall not give up…
For our craft, we made gold color bracelets. Big mess, but worth it. My son enjoyed it so much, he decided to paint his hand and do a hand print in gold paint.
I discovered that the tube of tissue paper is impossible to cut the way they recommended in the book (first in half, then lengthwise). At least, for me, it was impossible. I found it easier to cut it first lengthwise and then in half.
The only trouble was, once we painted our bracelets, they lost their curve. They got too straight. Once the paint dried up, only one out of three could still be used as a bracelet and I could not tell you why and how that happened. Oh well. It’s not like we were going to put them on every day…
For our activity project, we burned incense. It was interesting and brought back childhood memories of Easter services in the Romanian Orthodox Church. The only difference was that this incense really smelled like fragrance more than regular incense. I got this set from Amazon and it had different colors and different smells. By the time we were done, our home smelled like a cacophony of fragrances and we had to open the windows despite the cold outside.
If you need incense, by the way, I will hook you up. This set included a few too many and I don’t see us using it for anything else in the future.
The mapwork was a bit confusing, just like the general line of the stories. But we got through it all and are now ready for the next chapter.