Simply Charlotte Mason Homeschooling - Favorite Living History Books on Ancient Egypt

I really enjoy sharing my favorite living books with you. It’s like introducing delightful old friends that I know will help and support you along your homeschool journey. Today I will give you my top ten picks for studying Ancient Egypt. These are the ten living books that are scheduled into the lesson plan guide […] Favorite Living History Books on Ancient Egypt originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

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Welcome to the simply Charlotte Mason podcast. I'm Sonia Shaffer. I really enjoy sharing my favorite living books with you. It's like introducing delightful old friends that I know will help and support you along your homeschool Journey today. I'll give you my top 10 picks for studying ancient Egypt. These are the 10 living books that are scheduled into the lesson plan guide called Genesis through Deuteronomy and ancient Egypt. We like to pay our ancient history with Bible History and I'll cover my favorite Bible history books and another episode today. Let's focus on Ancient Egypt.

I'm going to mention books across all the grades some of them. You can read aloud to all of your students together others. You can assign to specific grade levels.

First is ancient Egypt and her neighbors by Lorraine Lambert. This is my favorite family read aloud for this time. It does a masterful job helping you learn about the ancient Egyptian history and culture but it doesn't ignore the rest of the world. It includes chapters on Ancient Egypt neighbors 2 and it sucks into each one has a fascinating story about that part of the world. Your students will discover why a tiny carved cylinder was so important to ancient Sumerian.

Phil Ponder the puzzle of a vanished people in the Indus Valley who's writing we still can't decipher.

They will hear how was Stone finger pointing to the sky in ancient Babylon influenced our system of justice today. And why writing on turtle shells assured a lasting Dynasty in ancient China and many more stories of ancient civilizations. You'll find it helpful pronunciation guide in the back. Some of those ancient names are challenging or you can grab the audiobook of this title and feel free to break up the chapters into shorter sections. If you need to it's a great book for the whole family and it's available through simply Charlotte Mason. I'll leave a link in the show notes.

The other titles I recommend for the whole family are supplemental books that elaborate on something mentioned in ancient Egypt and her neighbors. That's your spine book The Rest Branch off of it.

The Great Pyramid by Elizabeth Mann will help your family dig deeper into the topic of the pyramids. Now, there are two books on this topic that are very similar this one and this is the Great Pyramid and this one called pyramid by David Macaulay choose one or the other I wouldn't do both. The Great Pyramid is in color with some photographs pyramid is black and white, but with exquisitely detailed drawings both tell the story of all that went into building a pyramid why it was built how the land was chosen how it was built. What was put inside?

Pyramid goes into more detail about the skills and equipment and Engineering of the construction.

The Great Pyramid is written into our lesson plans. But really you can use either book both are highly recommended.

And along those same lines of a book that elaborates on how and why something was built is the book Pharaoh's boat by David Weitzman, it's suitable and interesting for the whole family as well. But unfortunately it is currently out of print if you happen to find it at your local library or used at a reasonable price grab a copy most people are familiar with the Great Pyramids as the final resting place of the Pharaohs, but not everyone knows about the Magnificent boats that cheops commissioned to be built and buried near his pyramid. This book tells the story skillfully interweaving The Narrative between the original ship Builders and the modern-day archaeologist who discovered and uncovered them.

If you can't find a copy of this book don't despair your children will still learn a great deal from all of the other wonderful books recommended here. But if you happen to find a copy of pharaohs boat keep in mind that it's a good one, too.

Now, let me tell you about my absolute favorite book for 1st through 3rd graders studying ancient Egypt boy of the Pyramids by Ruth Fosdick Jones. In fact, I love this book so much that we brought it back into print. I'll leave a link in the show notes. This is a gentle mystery set in ancient Egypt about 10 year old boy named Kathy who has many adventures with his friend. Sorry a slave girl.

They experienced firsthand the Harvest Feast the fight of the Bulls the flooding of the Nile and the Mystery of the pyramids missing jewels.

I appreciate how this historical fiction helps younger students get a good feel for life in ancient Egypt, but it doesn't depend on a Fear Factor or sensationalize the mummies and the gods and such it mentions some of the gods that the Egyptians worshipped in one chapter when the family goes to the temple to present a harvest offering but myths and gods are not the focus of the narrative your younger children are sure to enjoy this fabulous historical fiction and retain a vivid mental picture of life in ancient Egypt.

And while we're talking about historical fiction, let me tell you about the Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. This is another mystery set in ancient Egypt, but it's more for your 4th through 9th graders the events in this story are a little more intense not as gentle as boy of the pyramids the main character a young man named ranofer indoors some hard situations and difficult relationships, especially with his half-brother jibu. In fact, the fur discovers a Golden Goblet that is half brother stole from one of the great tombs. And if he can prove that g who committed that shameful crime ranofer will also be able to win his own freedom.

Another great mystery that will really give your 4th through 9th graders a feel for life in ancient Egypt.

Also for your 4th through 9th graders, I like to recommend the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt by Elizabeth Payne this book delves more into the individual pharaohs and their lives and Reigns ancient Egypt and her neighbors talks about some of the Pharaohs but this book goes more systematically through the main ones in chronological order. However, it's not a dry textbook at all. This is one of the landmark Books A series that I've mentioned in some of the other favorite book episodes Landmark books do a fabulous job of telling a living narrative that makes historical people come to life in the reader's mind.

The chapters are long you'll want to subdivide them into shorter sections. But if you combine the wider perspective of Egyptian culture and what was happening in the world around Egypt that's given in ancient Egypt and her neighbors with this more detailed look at the prominent pharaohs through the years and then tossing some historical fiction for flavor. Your students will have a wonderful living study of ancient Egypt.

I have four more books on my list and these are for 7th grade and up.

First the cat of bubastis a tale of ancient Egypt by G A henty as some of you may recognize that authors named henty wrote many many historical fiction titles across a wide range of time periods. You should be able to find them free online the cat Abu bastis weaves the story of amoeba a young prince in a neighboring country who is captured and taken to ancient Egypt.

Through his time as a slave there the reader learns much about the culture and climate in politics. And when a sacred cat is accidentally killed a muga is caught up in a chain of Adventures. I won't spoil the ending but I will say that a Hebrew girl plays a supporting role in the story line and a young Moses makes a cameo appearance.

One thing you want to discuss with your student is this books explanation that the multitude of gods that the ancient Egyptians worshipped represented the various characteristics of the one true God. It's a good discussion starter and it's one of the reasons that I recommend this book for older students grades seven through nine. Oh, by the way, if you want the audiobook version of this title check out Jim Hodges version at Jim Hodges He has recorded the entire series.

Motel of the Mysteries by David Macaulay. This is a completely different type of book from any that we've talked about so far Motel of the Mysteries is a humorous book that will encourage your older students to think about how much we actually know about an ancient civilization and how much maybe conjecture

in this book some future archaeologists uncover the ruins of a motel and they seek to grasp our present culture based on what they find there. For example, they conclude that the big screen in the room must be very important possibly an object of worship since all the other Furniture in the room is arranged to face. It is a great light-hearted way to start a discussion on both the discoveries and the limits of our studies in history. I recommended for grade 7 through 12.

And then for your high schoolers grades 10 through 12, let me mention one historical fiction and one digging deeper book first the historical fiction. It's an old gem called uarda by George ebers. Look for this one free online and make sure you get both volumes. It was originally published in two volumes, and there's nothing more frustrating than ending up with only one of them.

Two things. I want to mention about uarda first it contains some good philosophical discussions between characters, which will encourage your older student to think about those deeper ideas and spawn some good discussions.

Second it presents a picture of the various Egyptian gods and each one's priests and temples in a way that I hadn't thought about before it basically Compares them to our current college and university System complete with marketing and competition and loyalty and rivalry between the establishments in an ancient setting. Of course. Now that concept really made ancient Egypt come alive for me. It's not an easy read and the author included footnotes all the way through explaining his reasoning and research but once I got into the storyline, it made a deep impression on me and I hope it will do the same for your high schooler.

In the last title, I want to mention is somewhat like an older student version of the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt that I mentioned earlier. This book is unwrapping the Pharaohs by John Ashton and David down. It includes extensive photographs good maps and a timeline that seeks to align the Pharaohs with Bible events. The subtitle is how Egyptian archaeology confirms. The Biblical timeline is a fascinating books for those older students who already have the foundation of living books on the time. And are ready for a deeper dive. I recommend it for grades 10 through 12.

So those are my top 10 picks for studying ancient Egypt as I mentioned two of the titles are published by simply Charlotte Mason boy of the pyramids recommended for grades 1 through 3 and ancient Egypt and her neighbors recommended for the whole family. And if you would like daily lesson plans that will give you a schedule for reading these 10 books over a school year check out the Genesis to Deuteronomy and ancient Egypt guide. I'll leave links are all of those resources. If you enjoyed this podcast subscribe through Google Play for your favorite podcast app. So you don't miss an episode. You can also subscribe to the video version of this podcast or read the blog post on our website. Simply Charlotte Mason. Com. All of those links will be in the notes along with links to any resources that I mentioned by the way. Did you know that you can tell Siri or your ex?

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