Friday, March 30, 2018

The Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

The Pharaoh's tomb.  What kid doesn't listen to their lessons on ancient Egyptian history while looking at photographs in their book and wonder what it would be like to actually see the treasures found?  

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to do just that as the King Tut display arrived at the California Science Center earlier this month. We knew this would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see as I really don't foresee us heading to Egypt anytime in our lifetime.   The collection on display has over 150 pieces that had been found in the tomb of Tut. 

Calcite vase on stand with cartouches of Tut and Ankhesenamun. 

Red wooden semicircular box and lid inlaid with ebony and ivory and engraved with Tut and Ankhesenamun's cartouches.

Wooden traveling chest with gilded knob and ebony and ivory inlays.

Close up of the gilded knob and engraving  on the wooden traveling box

Painted Calcite box with floral decoration on vaulted lid. Two bundles of human hair found inside believed to belong to Tut and Ankhesenamun

Inlaid wooden cartouche box.

Charles looking at the ebony and cedar chest on tall legs.

Charles, Alyssa, and Garrett looking at the painted wooden mastless boat with two-story cabin and two steering paddles.

Garrett, Alyssa, and Charles looking at the painted wooden model solar boat with throne and two steering paddles.

Gilded wooden bed. 

Gilded wooden shield with Tut wearing an Atef crown and slaying lions.

 Gilded wooden statue of Tut wearing the white crown.

Gilded wooden statuette of Tut riding a black varnished leopard. 

Solar Hawk Horace figure on Yoke for the horses.

Gilded wooden "ostrich hunt" fan.

Gilded wooden bow case with scenes of Tut hunting from a chariot.  Garrett looks completely mesmerized, doesn't he? 

Guilded wooden statuses of Herwer (Horus the Elder) and Jackal Headed figure of Duamutef on base.

Gilded wooden status of Ptah

Pendant of King Amenhotep III (Found with a lock of Queen Tiye's hair) 

Wooden Guardian statue of the Ka of the King wearing the Nemes Headcloth.

Gold inlaid canopic coffinette of Tut dedicated to Imseti and Isis.

 Calcite stopper for the northwest canopic jar, King's head.

Pectoral in the form of Naos with winged felspar scarab, Gold Ba bird pectoral with glass inlays and Gold inlaid hands holding crook and flail.

Top: Gold inlaid vulture pectoral with chain and counterpoise. 

Bottom: Gold Pectoral in the form of a solar falcon with spread wings inlaid with lapis, carnelian and glass. 

Bracelet with three scarabs in lapis and cartouches of King Tut.

Pecoral in the form of a gold boat and silver solar disk with counterpoise and chain.

The kids standing in front of one of the many recreations of the paintings on the tomb walls. 

The King's Wishing Cup (with a video of Tut projected in the background, I thought it looked cool)

The Wish Cup - "May your ka live millions of years; may your eyes see wonderful things." In the form of an open lotus and two buds.

Gilded wooden statue shrine with gilded wooden statue stand.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

The Princess turned 10 on Monday and while we celebrated by taking her out shopping and out to eat over the weekend, we still had a quiet to do here at the house on her actual birth day with cake and candles. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Carole P. Roman Books and Collections (A Homeschool Crew Review)

One thing I've struggled with is finding books to add to our library that both of my kids enjoy.  Ashleigh tends to like a large variety of reading material but Garrett is much more difficult.  Often times I purchase books that I think he will like, only to find him staring out the window and paying very little attention to what is being read.  Finding Garrett actually picking up a book and flipping through it himself is something that happens very rarely.  

However, there is one series of books that is a guarantee that even Garrett will enjoy - the Carole P. Roman books and collections. Children's author Carole P. Roman offers several series of books for different ages and stages of reading ranging from simple storybooks for younger readers to books about history and culture for more advanced readers. 

For this review, we were given out three choices from the many various titles offered from the various series.  This was extremely hard to do as there are so many wonderful titles to choose from. Ultimately,  we selected the following titles from the culture and history selections:

If You Were Me and Lived in...Viking Europe

About Carole P. Roman

Carole P. Roman is an award-winning author who began writing books after being dared to do so by her son.  After writing her first book based on a video game that she liked to play, she has now written over 35 books.  The "If You Were Me and Lived in..." series allows elementary grade readers to explore what life would be like for people living around the world at various periods of time.  Describing clothing, food, education, games, and religion for each time period, readers are introduced to cultures that differ greatly from our own.  She also has a similar series of non-fiction books for older readers.  Her books, both fiction and non-fiction, have won over 100 awards.

About the Books:

If You Were Me and Lived in...Israel is a 32 page full color, softback book for children and is part of the Cultural series written for readers 4-9 years of age, yet there's plenty of information to make it interesting for older readers as well as become a stepping stone to do further research on topics mentioned in the book. 

This book was perfect for us as we had been learning about the Holy Land through our history lessons.  The story follows a brother and sister as they introduce readers to the history and to the modern culture of Israel, as well as daily activities, favorite foods, and popular names for children in that country.  The kids really enjoyed learning about Israel and spend the next few days calling me and their father Ima and Abba which is how Israeli children refer to their mother and father.

As with other books from the Culture Around the World Series, the illustrations by Kelsea Wierenga are vibrant, eye-catching, and very well done. The text is informative but not overwhelming and includes pronunciations for words that may be unfamiliar.

Vibrant illustrations from  If You Were Me and Lived in...Israel 

If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient Greece
was our second selection. 
We opted for this selection because we had been watching the Olympic games and had previously watched the torch lighting ceremony in Greece back in October. 

This is the first volume of the Introduction to Civilizations Through Time Series which are written for ages 8-15 years of age.  This particular series of books packs alot of information within their pages, in this case, a 54-page softcover book that also contains a 5-page glossary for unfamiliar or hard to pronounce words.

This book features colored illustrations by Mateya Arkova.  The illustrations in this book are much more subdued than in the first book and are more in the style of watercolored paintings, giving the book a much different feel than the previous book.  Where the illustrations from Israel seem fresh and new, the illustrations from Ancient Greece take you back into history.

The final book we reviewed was If You Were Me and Lived in...Viking Europe.  This book is also part of the Civilizations Through Time Series and like the Ancient Greece book, is illustrated by Mateya Arkova.  This is the longest of the three books at 76 pages, 7 of which are the glossary. 

The kids and I had recently covered the Vikings in our history studies so this book worked right into what we had already covered and added more to what we had previously learned. While history books do a great job of covering the facts of what happened, Carole P. Roman's books add a much more personal level to the story, allowing the kids to imagine life from the viewpoint of another child. Both kids decided hands down they are glad they were not named Ulf or Hilde (popular names in Viking days) but we did have fun figuring out what their last names would have been had they been born during that time (Garrett Charleson and Ashleigh Charlesdottir).

As mentioned, these books pack a lot of information within their pages. Readers view the past through the narration of a child from that time period, stepping back in time to view the everyday life that that child would have experienced. From how social systems, government and the structure of the educational system were set up on to how everyday home life would have been, each page delivers insight to the civilization covered.

These are books that I enjoy sitting and reading to the children during their lunch break.  It continues our learning while keeping our momentum going (rather than having them take a 30-minute break and they try to reign them back in for more school) and they find them very entertaining and interesting.  Any book that has Garrett saying "Mom, I really like these books" has my seal of approval.

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For more information about Carole P. Roman, please visit her website.  You can also find more information about her books on the following social media platforms. 

Carole P. Roman books and collections {Carole P. Roman Reviews}

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

The hummingbirds were getting upset that I hadn't put a feeder out yet, so we fixed that last week.  Today, I had five male Rufous hummers hanging around creating a mini airport.  Which meant I had to get my camera out and get a few shots of them.


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