We are still covering ancient Egypt, so this week we learned about mummies and pyramids. I talked about what the Egyptians believed happened when a person died--they went on a big journey to the underworld, so they need lots of stuff to help them on their journey. I contrasted that with what the Bible says about how only our souls are eternal, and we can't take anything else with us when we die. I made up a little craft with clip art images I found to glue in a sort of "tomb".
Then we talked about the process of mummification. Next week for our big 5th week activity, I'm reprising my mummy talk from 7 years ago, complete with chicken mummies, and I wanted these little guys have to some background knowledge of mummification. They were quite interested! I demonstrated with a ken doll, and even wrapped him up in cloth strips.
Then we talked about pyramids, since rich people wanted a nice, special place to be buried.
The small pyramids on the side were with left-over rice krispies. It's so fun to squish rice krispies! I was absolutely thrilled when I found these huge sheets of pre-made rice krispies treats for sale at Walmart a few days ago. What a time savings! I made enough pyramids for 16 kids, plus my sample ones, and I used 2 big trays. They were really sturdy squares, too, nice and dense. They worked well!
After that, I read a short book to them about mummies and pyramids from the library (*creatively titled Pyramids and Mummies by Seymour Simon). It had pictures of some real mummies, plus lots of pyramid pictures, so the kids were all interested. It was fun, but I'm glad to be done!
Now all that is left for Egypt is the 5th week. I'm busily drawing mummies on cardboard, and I need to paint them. I also need to finish wrapping the one chicken mummy, and put him in his shoebox sarcophagus. I only taught life science and memory work after getting home, so that was a bit of a break, which was especially nice because I've picked up a cold, with a sore throat and bit of a cough. I'll just teach biology on Thursday this week. I was able to vote after memory work, and there wasn't even a line!
I think if I can just get through next Thursday's biology class, things will settle down. Maybe. I'm hoping.