This year for history I decided to use Train Up A Child's: World History Course. This world history course is a literature base course. Luckily for me most of the books needed can be borrowed from my library. Currently we are studying Ancient Egypt and working our way through the book: Temples Tombs, & Hieroglyphs.
This is a bit of a slow read for us, slower then I would like, but we are making progress and working our way through it. In the course of reading we learned a little bit about James Henry Breasted. Breasted is one of the first American Egyptian Archaeologist that made a lasting impression on Egyptology, his work is still used today.
Web-princess took a special interest because she learned he was born here. I learned Thursday night that his remains were actually buried here too. So Friday morning we took an impromptu trip to the cemetery to hunt down Breasted's grave marker. -- what makes his grave marker even more unique is that it's made from a block of granite from Egypt. I think this is the closet she'll or even I will get from touching something from Egypt.
|Smiling and standing next to Breasted's headstone.|
It's always nice when a bit of what you are talking about can come "alive". Sure it was just a tombstone. However, it connected us personally to this archaeologist that we are talking about and his discoveries and work.
|Under this granite block from Assuan, Egypt lie the ashes of James Henry Breasted|
How has your homeschooling going? Any impromptu trips? impromptu activities?