Story of the World, Vol. 2, Chapter 7

Chapter 7 describes how Islam became an Empire. It is a rather long chapter. It took us three sessions to finish it. We did the map work at the very end, for some reason. We started out with the snake crafts. These represent the valley of the snakes from Sinbad’s adventures.

We hung two from the ceiling and turned the ceiling fan on. They flew around and twirled and got tangled up, but it was still neat to see them going.

Sinbad valley of the snake craft

My daughter’s snake craft

My daughter did not want to hang hers up. She did not want a button on hers, either. She just wanted to hold onto hers and play with it. Of course, it did not last long. She has not played with her snake since the day she made it. I have gotten used to these patterns now. 

When we read about the roc bird, I quickly Googled it on my phone and clicked on images. What do you know? The first image I got was of the mythical bird holding an elephant in its claws, just like in the story I was reading to them. I passed the phone to them and they flipped through more images while I finished the story. Aren’t you thankful for the internet? This kind of thing would have required a trip to the library when we were growing up.

Sinbad's Valley of the Snakes craft hanging under the ceiling fan

Sinbad’s Valley of the Snakes craft hanging under the ceiling fan

We learned the word scimitar. I knew it in Romanian (iatagan) but I never knew it in English. I love learning alongside my children.

All in all a great chapter and I almost feel no need to order any of the titles recommended for extra reading. But I will. I will be a good little homeschooling mom and sit down with that list and decide on a title. My library does not carry it, in all probability, but they are happy to order it for me through the Inter-Library Loan System.

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