Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Tapestry of Grace: Year One, Unit 3

We just wrapped up Unit 3 of our Tapestry of Grace curriculum. You can read about Unit 1 and Unit 2 as well. This unit walked us through Ancient Mesopotamia, Assyria, Babylon, Persia and into Ancient Greece.

Fun fact: The ancient Assyrians actually invented wheels with spokes. They figured out that having spokes made the wheels lighter and faster. Caleb thought it was so cool that he could thank the ancient Assyrians for the spokes on his wheelchair wheels!

Here are a few of the activities we did over the last 9 weeks.

We learned that ancient armies would create banners or flags that they would carry into battle. We made our own flags. 

From left to right: I made our official homeschool flag for "McLelland Academy". The boys thought this was awesome. Caleb made the middle flag and Benjamin did the one on the right.

We learned about ancient relief carvings and made our own using bars of soap.

We studied Babylon and the Ishtar Gate. King Nebuchadnezzar was behind this amazing architectural construction. It was fascinating to learn about.  We made our own, much smaller version of the Ishtar gate using clay.

Finished Ishtar gates. Benjamin's is blue, Caleb's is orange.

We spent some time on the book of Esther while we learned about the Persian Empire. We learned the history behind the Jewish celebration of Purim and we attempted to make Hamantashen which is a traditional dessert served during this holiday. They are supposed to look like this:

Our's looked like this:

Nailed it!

Despite the appearance, they actually tasted pretty good. Don't judge a book by it's cover people. And don't judge a cookie just because it's insides are running out.

We also made our version of the "Cyrus Cylinder". The original Cyrus cylinder tells how King Cyrus captured Babylon and let all the captives return to their homeland. It was basically a declaration by the King.

Benjamin's Declaration: "I, Benjamin McLelland, declare that everyone must be creative with Legos. You must practice building everyday with Legos. No instructions allowed. You must be creative in a certain way."

Caleb's Declaration: "I, Caleb McLelland, am the bird  man. I love birds and you should too! You should do what the bird man says!"

Love it.

We made our own seals. These would have been dipped in wax and then used to seal important documents.

Once we got to Ancient Greece we started learning about famous mathematicians like Pythagoras, Archimedes, and Eratosthenes. We made our own Platonic bodies.

We also explored the concepts of geometry by making a Stomachion.

First we created a grid and drew shapes. The shapes were then colored and cut out.

The shapes could then be arranged to create pictures.

The boys used Legos to build a labyrinth. They had to see if they could get a marble through the maze.

We learned about Greek theater.
Comedy and Tragedy masks.

Astrology was very important to the ancient Greeks. They were able to chart more than 800 stars during that time. They even designed a planetarium. We made our own constellarium (a smaller version of a planetarium) using a toilet paper role and black construction paper.

And we completed another lapbook!

I continue to love this curriculum. We only have one more unit left and we will have officially survived our first year of Tapestry of Grace! I will definitely continue with this curriculum next year. I have absolutely loved it. I love learning history in the light of God's plan. It's been amazing to read and really study how history just lines up perfectly with the Bible. The two are not separate. I've learned so much...and I think the boys have too. 

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