Thursday, December 2, 2010

A (Barely) Snowy Day, Hot Cocoa, & a Cuneiform Tablet

We had some snow flurries today; just enough to bundle up the boys and send them outside to play.  I'll admit I get just as excited as the kids about it!  I know that snow and I will not be friends in a few months, but for now I welcome it :)

Here's Davin trying to catch snowflakes on his tongue:

Going down the slide:

Dorian sliding:


Enjoying some hot cocoa after playing outside.  Daving proclaimed this "the best day ever" while working on his superhero puzzle:


I love how Dori is holding his little cup:

During our school time today, we were studying "The First Writing": cuneiform (Sumerians) and hieroglyphics (Egyptians).  We made some clay a few weeks ago using this recipe and it held up very nicely in the refrigerator:

Modeling Clay:
  • Mix together
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup salt
  • Food coloring, optional
  • Store in refrigerator.

Here's what the Cuneiform Alphabet looks like:

Here's Davin using a screwdriver to carve the wedges to spell out his name:

The end result, with a hole that can be used to hang it up once it dries:

(The books we're using for history are Story of the World: Ancient Times by Susan Wise Bauer, along with the student activity book.  We have really enjoyed these books and Davin is not only learning a lot, but retaining it and having fun!)

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