Crafty Monday: Troy All the Way to Goliath

In this post: Trojan horse cookies, a visit to a labyrinth as we study Crete, and Goliath’s big feet. Also Johnny Appleseed and more!

This past week we learned about the Trojan War. I used the recipe from here:  http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/958083/cinco-de-mayo-pinata-cookies

to make Trojan horse cookies.

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The ones that I made following the recipe (cutting them after they baked) fell apart. This one that I cut before baking lasted.

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You can see that there are three layers. the middle one has a space for M&M’s. Then I covered it with the third cookie.

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This one crumbled on it’s own. You can see the candy in the middle.

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We read an almost comic book like story of The Iliad.

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Michael drew and painted this Trojan horse from his drawing book.

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  • We learned that David and Goliath lived not long after the Trojan War. Here’s Michael’s Goliath feet. I also marked 9 ft on the wall to show how tall Goliath may have been.

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Michael loved this Adventure’s in Odyssey book “Showdown with the Shepherd” about David and Goliath. He devoured it in two days. I was happily surprised.

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David’s harp~ We used rubber bands instead of string.

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  • While reading The Story of the World we also learned about Crete and the Minoans. We found them on the globe. We learned how Greece took over and also how eventually the “Sea people” (that became the Philistines) took over Greece. The Sea people were barbarians that killed just to kill. They also never took the time to learn to read and write.

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We read the legend about the labyrinth under Crete’s palace and the horrible Minotaur. We also watched “Labyrinth” (the 80’s movie) just because…well it has a labyrinth in it.

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A church not too far away has a smaller labyrinth made of brick. We decided to check it out.

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It was fun to run around the maze. I don’t believe however, that labyrinths should be used for prayer since they were made for pagan meditation. I didn’t always think that but after research into the matter I do.

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We aren’t finished with Greece. We’ve just dipped our toes in. We will spend a good bit of time there in the weeks to come, but first we will be stopping by Babylon.

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Later that week we learned about the Assyrian ruler, King Ashurbanipal, that took over Babylon and Canaan and even Egypt! He also started the first library at Ninevah. We also learned about Phoenician ships and that Jonah may have very well sailed on one as he was running from God.

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Michael drew a picture of Jonah’s whale.

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I put up this Fall border.

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I’ve started reading “The Scarecrow and His Servant” to Michael at night. There are some books by Philip Pullman that I don’t like because of his anti-religious views in them. But this book is fine so far.

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I’ve been reading Fall books to Michael during snack time. I believe we will get into more Fall crafts soon too.

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Little man got a Ninja mask and likes to wear it a lot now. I’m thankful he’s reading so I don’t mind costumes.

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I also don’t mind pets hanging out in the reading pool. Aren’t they cute!

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Our group did a study on Johnny Appleseed. First the kids tried different apples.

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Then they graphed how many liked what apple.

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After a story about Johnny Appleseed, the kiddos made paper plate apples. Here’s Rachel and Maggie.

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It was a fun day. I can’t wait for all the Autumny themes our group will do this year.

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You can find where I got my inspiration here: http://www.pinterest.com/doverette/sow-greece/

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

Last Week: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/crafty-monday-ancient-israel-and-her-neighbors/

Next Week:  https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/crafty-monday-part-1-babylon-and-persia/

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