Sunday, November 1, 2015

Scholé Group Update & Ancient History Activity Ideas

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Well, it's definitely fall now!  For us that means that there are more leaves on the ground than on the trees, the air is crisp, and the school year is well on its way.

My scholé group has met 5 times so far this year and we are really enjoying our time together!  We took this week off as a small fall break, so I thought it would be a good time to share a little bit about what we have been doing!  

In case this is your first time here (or if you just need a little refresher!) here is a quick summary of our group:


The Scholé Group of Rochester Hills began this year as a small group of like-minded families who desire to pursue restful learning together.  We have three families this year and are enjoying our small group environment.  We are a young group, with five children ages 4-7, so our meeting times may look a little different than other (older and larger) groups.  Our main goal this year is to develop a love of learning in our children, setting before them a multitude of opportunities to take in truth, goodness, and beauty.

Ancient History Ideas


We have started with ancient history and are moving our way slowly toward the present.  We focus on one people group or event each week.  So far we have learned about Creation, the Flood, the Tower of Babel, the Ancient Sumerians, and we have just begun learning about the Egyptians.  We trace maps, add our events to a timeline, and do activities that help the children grasp what we are talking about.  Here are some of the activities we have done:

Paint cave drawings like early nomads - cut open some paper bags and let the children tell a story with pictures.  They can draw animals, people, or scenes from nature.   




Write in cuneiform like the Ancient Sumerians - roll out some clay (or Play Doh!) and have your child write messages using a stick.  Here are some symbols you can use: Lean How to Write in Cuneiform.



Make a model of the Nile River - We introduced the Ancient Egyptians by talking about the land of Egypt.  The children enjoyed making this model of the Nile River.  We even planted grass seeds in the dirt and had fun watching the 'reeds' grow up along the banks of the river!



Scholé Groups Spotlight


I was honored to be asked to write about my group this month for the Classical Academic Press Scholé Group Spotlight.  If you would like to read more about what we've been up to, head over to the Scholé Groups website!




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4 comments:

  1. Hi,
    I'm interested in learning more about starting a Scholé Group. The link you have posted doesn't seem to work. Is there a website where I can learn more about starting a group? Thanks!

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    1. Hummm...the links are working for me. Is anyone else having trouble with them?

      Here is the website address you can go to: http://www.scholegroups.com/

      I hope that helps!

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