Ancient China: The Song Dynasty and Silk Screen Painting

This week was our final week of school and we just wanted it out-of-the-way to have a short break before diving into our summer adventure box, which I will be posting about all of next week.  I kept it simple.  The children read from here and completed the multiple choice questionnaire. Tea drinking ceremony Tea drinking…

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Tang Dynasty and the Beginning of Printing

Yippididippideeeeeee!  We've replaced the keyboard!  You would think I had lots to post about, but you would be wrong.  I took a sneaky guilt-free few days off and it's done me the world of good.  I couldn't get onto the computer to do any work, so I decided to relax.... by decluttering!  Amazing what a bit…

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Ancient Chinese Picture Study: Han Dynasty

Painting of five Han nobles conversing and wearing elegant clothing. The second figure from the left carries a stylized umbrella. The figures are painted in ink and colours on whitewashed earthenware tiles. The painting was found in a Han tomb that dates between 50 BC and 50 AD Prior to the Warring States Period of 475-221BC paintings…

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Ancient China: Han Dynasty & the Invention of Paper

This week we studied the Han dynasty and looked at the invention of Paper.  As there is definitely a feeling of winding down, and because I want to make sure we get through the work so it doesn't drag into the summer, we did a verbal comprehension exercise based on this story of Wang the Peddler,…

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Ancient China: Qin dynasty and the Chinese Currency

This week I wanted to introduce the children to taking notes from three different sources and putting them into a spider diagram or key word outline, in preparation for writing an essay.  This is a useful in three ways: The children learn to read different accounts, written in different ways, with an emphasis on different aspects…

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Ancient China: Zhou Dynasty and Chinese Religions

We have been slowly moving our way through the Chinese dynasties at one per week, learning about the unique features of each and any of their well-known inventions.  This week we looked at the Zhou (pronounced Joe) dynasty.  The older children weren't well with the same infection the younger ones had earlier in the week,…

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Ancient China: Shang Dynasty and Writing Systems

Although historians can't be sure there was ever a Xia dynasty, early writings have proven that the Shang Dynasty did indeed exist. I photocopied the children some information on the Shang Dynasty, asked them to do a key word outline and write a short paragraph. The belief system which pervaded the Shang Dynasty was called ancestor worship. …

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Ancient China: The Geography of China and Xia Dynasty

Having now read all of book one of The Travels of Marco Polo, we find ourselves in Cathay, or China as it is now known.  Polo described the mountain ranges he trekked along with his experiences in the deserts.  We had already covered mountains and deserts in our previous studies of Turkey (mountains) and Egypt (desert).  I asked…

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Easter Adventure Box: Marco Polo and Ancient China-Part 1

Just the name sends shivers down my older children's spines!  They are very excited about their Easter Adventure Box!  This year it is going to be both a revisit to Ancient China and also learning the new topic of Marco Polo.  Marco Polo was a well-known medieval explorer, who traveled the silk road to China.  He therefore…

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