Home School Years

Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Cultural Study: Africa

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  • Mummies In The Morning (Magic Tree House) by Mary Pope Osborne
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  • The Prince of Egypt by Jane Yolen

Egyptian boy craft ~ Wahankh, meaning Strong in Life

We enjoy learning about other cultures because it’s a great way to expand our knowledge of the world. For third grade, I decided to focus on specific regions and spend some time learning about that area. During these cultural studies, we discuss things like daily home and school life, languages, cultural traditions, regional environment, habitats and wildlife, art, music, architecture, beliefs, folk stories, and biographies of key people. Specifically, we learned about:

  • Sahara desert and its wildlife
  • Geography: Map showing countries within Africa
  • Village life
  • The African Elephant – the largest land animal in the world
  • Gorillas & Jane Goodall
  • Percussion instruments
  • Safari & Jungle animals
  • The Nile River; farming; settlements along the river
  • Ancient Egypt (Upper & Lower Egypt, pyramids, famous pharaohs: Ramses, Tut, Cleopatra; daily culture and life, hieroglyphs, afterlife/burial traditions, mummification, hybrid gods & The Sphinx, chariots, etc.)
  • Moses: The Prince of Egypt

This is one of the projects we did for our African studies. It is an ancient Egyptian boy wearing traditional clothing (we used a cut out as well as tissue paper). We also learned about typical ancient Egyptian names and their meanings. After we completed our craft, my son came up with a name for the boy based on our studies: Wahankh, meaning Strong in Life.


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This entry was posted on October 13, 2014 by in Geography, History, Science, Social Studies, Stories, Theology and tagged , , , .
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