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Mystery of History: Lesson Seven – The Sumerians

I am very familiar with the Sumerians, having studied them in-depth with my older children during our Mesopotamia Unit Study. It was interesting all those years ago and I was looking forward to digging in this time.  An extremely advanced people, the Sumerians built cities, created the sexagesimal counting system as well as the very…

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Learning about Ancient Mesopotamia through Literature: The Golden Bull

We love to learn about ancient history using great literature.  The Golden Bull is a fiction book written by Marjorie Cowley.  It is a simply written book, with extremely short chapters, perfect for emergent readers or as a read aloud for younger children.  It has many aspects of polytheism, and as such I felt it…

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Guest Posting: Learning about Mesopotamia Through Literature and Hand On Activities

I am guest posting over at 123homeschool4me today and would love for you to click over and read all about our adventures in Mesopotamia. This is the third part of a four part hands on history unit for children of all ages.  Using a retelling of the Epic of Gilgamesh, your children will learn all about…

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Project Based, Authentic Learning This Term

I have put a lot of thought into what I wanted the children to cover and learn this term.  Gary and I had decided we needed to up the ante for every child from B4 to T14.  This year I will be using an eclectic mix of project based learning, studying for exams, interest led…

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Guest Posting: Learning about Mesopotamia Through Literature and Hand On Activities Part Two

I am guest posting over at 123homeschool4me today and would love for you to click over and read all about our adventures in Mesopotamia. This is the second part of a four part hands on history unit for children of all ages.  Using a retelling of the Epic of Gilgamesh, your children will learn all about…

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Guest Posting: Learning about Mesopotamia Through Literature and Hand On Activities

I am guest posting over at 123homeschool4me today and would love for you to click over and read all about our adventures in Mesopotamia. I'm excited to be sharing my home schooling unit study about Ancient Mesopotamia based on three books retelling the Epic of Gilgamesh.  Containing lots of fun hands-on activities........ (for more click here)

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Ancient Mesopotamia Unit Study

This post includes all of the work we have done on Ancient Mesopotamia.  I will be starting a new unit with my little ones next year, so this will be added to.  Mesopotamia was our first foray into curriculum free study, and we loved it!  The children are aged about 7 during the first four…

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Looking Back: In depth Study of Hammurabi and his Legal System

Whilst we covered Assyria and Babylonia in some depth, it was Hammurabi who caught our imagination.  I went with the flow and I'm so glad I did!  During one of our fun weeks, about a year ago, we planned a revisit to Mesopotamia and the children really wanted to learn more about Hammurabi's Code of Laws.  I…

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Looking Back – Mesopotamia: The Presentation – Part Four

This is my forth and last post on our studies on Ancient Mesopotamia three years ago. For part one: http://angelicscalliwagshomeschool.com/2012/10/31/looking-back-mesopotamia-part-1/ Part two: http://angelicscalliwagshomeschool.com/2012/11/07/looking-back-mesopotamia-part-2/ Part three:http://angelicscalliwagshomeschool.com/2012/11/14/looking-back-mesopotamia-wrap-up-night-and-visit-to-the-british-museum/ This was our first EVER presentation, so we were still finding our feet a little.  The children had made a papier-mache map of how they imagined a river civilisation to look like using newspaper and a…

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Looking Back – Mesopotamia Wrap Up Night and Visit to the British Museum – Part three

This is my third post on our studies of Ancient Mesopotamia three years ago.  In this post I will be sharing photos of our Mesopotamia night with lots of Mesopotamia food, as well as our visit to the British Museum in London. For part one see: http://angelicscalliwagshomeschool.com/2012/10/31/looking-back-mesopotamia-part-1/ and part two: http://angelicscalliwagshomeschool.com/2012/11/07/looking-back-mesopotamia-part-2/ Field Trip At the…

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Looking Back – Mesopotamia Part 2

This second post is a continuation of a series of posts about our unit study on Ancient Mesopotamia For the first part see: http://angelicscalliwagshomeschool.com/2012/10/31/looking-back-mesopotamia-part-1/ Written Work Right from the start I did copywork and narration, although at the time I didn't know these were the official terms for them.  I have always had one reluctant…

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Looking Back- Mesopotamia Part 1

Ancient Mesopotamia was the first big unit study we did together on a major ancient civilisation.  Mesopotamia means the land between two rivers and is situated between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers.  One of the earliest developed civilisations, it benefited from the yearly flooding of the rivers, with highly fertile land.  Fertile land meant…

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