This year, we began to work through the Ancient History Literature Pack from B.F. Books. Literature packs contain novels relevant to the time period and geographical locations as well as a teacher's guide that sets out a reading plan along with suggested projects, mapping assignments and other recommended activities. For Ancient History, the teacher's guide includes Old Testament readings that correspond with other world events about which you are learning. The literature pack also includes an Ancient History Encyclopedia that provides more detailed information about the subject matter.
We have completed the first section of the Ancient History pack, which is on Sumer and Mesopotamia. For this section, we read the novel The Golden Bull by Marjorie Cowley. This story brought Ancient Ur alive for my girls as we read a few chapters aloud together each school day. Even five-year-old Anne, who was permitted to wander in and out of the room as she wanted, enjoyed the story and joined in the discussions about the story with us.
One of the recommended activities for this section was making cuneiform tablet cookies. We used our new favorite cut-out cookie recipe found here. After cutting out tablet-like shapes, the girls used kabob sticks to carve cuneiform, the writing developed by the people of Sumer.
Cylinder seals were carved cylinders that could be rolled onto wet clay to essentially make a stamp. Mixing her ancient cultures a bit, Clare decided to use her cylinder seal to tell the story of Arachne--a character from Greek mythology. These pictures show her cylinder as well as the result of pressing the cylinder on playdough.