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Creative Ways to Teach Ancient History

If you have embarked on a journey to study ancient history with your middle or high school homeschooler, you will appreciate the following creative ideas. Here are some neat ways to jazz up your curriculum, and make the history come alive for your child. Do consider teaching your child alongside his or her peers in a co-op class if possible. This would allow the homeschooled youth to share their ideas and thoughts amongst one another.

1. Create a museum! Challenge your child to replicate some of the ancient art with Legos, models, or clay. Take photos of his or her mini museum and share them with the family.

2. Read an ancient themed book and watch the movie. Compare and contrast the two. Ideas include Ben Hur or Alexander the Great.

3. Explore art with your homeschooler. Have your child try a watercolor painting depicting an ancient Babylonian scene. Or, if your child enjoys drawing, have him or her sketch an Egyptian pyramid. Using our artistic abilities helps solidify knowledge we learn.

4. Complete a Bible Study on a famous and revered ancient Christian, like Daniel. A wonderful choice is The Wiersbe Bible Study Series: Daniel: Determining to Go God's Direction [Paperback] by Warren W. Wiersbe.

5. Enjoy some ancient themed music. Some great choices include:
Music of Ancient Sumerians Egyptians & Greek by Ensemble De Organographia, Music of Ancient Greeks by Ensemble De Organographia and Ambient Egypt, Sounds from Ancient Sources by Douglas Irvine.

6. Study Ancient Mesopotamia and the Hammurabi Code and Cuneiform writing.

7. Read and analyze The Mahabharata from Ancient India.

8. Check out the challenges of Mesopotamian Math here:
www.it.stlawu.edu/~dmelvill/mesomath/index.html

9. Explore Ancient Persia online, at an awesome museum:
www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/forgottenempire

10. Take an E Tour of The Great Wall of China:
www.thebeijingguide.com/great_wall_of_china/indexhtml

Here are some of the resources mentioned above to enhance your historical adventure in ancient times!



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