Thursday, January 24, 2013


We've been studying Ancient History this year (using Story of the World vol. 1) .
It's been a fascinating journey for us, and I've been surprised how much even Ethan is enjoying our studies.

After our official school time the other day, Ellie asked if she could do some extra research on modern Egypt.  She wanted to learn more about the current culture and had a whole list of items to look up.  After about 30 minutes of independent research (with the strict instructions to leave the computer immediately if she came across anything that made her uncomfortable) she had formulated a plan for the afternoon.

The Plan involved rearranging the dining room to construct an Egyptian home, (the chairs above are the rooftop, where they are eating an evening meal. The bedroom is on the floor with a curtain dividing it from the "living quarters"), costumes scraped together from our dress-up bin, and a recipe for lunch, highly modified.

Ellie's explanation of the recipe:
"It is supposed to be pita bread with walnuts and cinnamon.  But we don't have pita bread, so I used tortillas instead.  Also, we only had a few walnuts so I decided to replace that with peanuts.  And just plain cinnamon sounded yucky to me, so I used cinnamon and sugar."

{She cooks like her Mama.}

I was completely caught off-guard by this project, but so grateful we have the time for Ellie to explore her interests.  She may not always be as interested in Egypt as she is right now...but she might.  Even if she isn't, she is learning how to pursue her passions; how to study, learn, and apply information.  This is one of my favorite aspects of the learning-at-home lifestyle we've chosen.


  1. I love it. It sounds like such a fun way to spend an afternoon!

  2. Thanks, Emily! They had a grand time!