However, an elite group of traders who travelled from such towns as Makkah, Yathrib, Khaybar and from Yemen to the centres of ancient civilizations, including Syria, Mesopotamia and Egypt, were open to outside influences. A handful of traders were familiar with reading and writing of one sort or another. Among them were members of the Quraysh tribe and it was they who brought foreign influences into Arabian trading centres.
Posted on Sep 27, This post may contain affiliate links. Our ancient history studies took us to China last week. We had so much fun, that we extended it into this week as well.
There is really so much you can do with ancient China and Firefly was very interested in learning more, so we lingered for a while. Here are the projects that we did to go along with our studies. Firefly listens to the audio version of Story of the World read by Jim Weisswhich I realized was not so helpful for part of the chapter on ancient China, because it contains a page that looks like this: These are pictograms, an ancient Chinese way of writing, where pictures stood for words.
I gave him black paint, a brush and some white paper and asked him to write a brief story of something that had happened to him recently, by making up his own pictograms. He drew a story about how our family got a new dog.
Later, The Queen Bee painted some pictogram stories, too. When a traveling exhibit came to Washington, D. To my delight, they became fascinated, too, and now recognize Terra Cotta Warrior images whenever they see them.
So, we were happy to learn even more about this fascinating group of life size soldiers, numbering eight thousand, that were accidentally discovered by farmers digging a well in We read the book Hidden Army: Then we watched a video on Netflix Streaming called Secrets of the Dead: We had some clay left over from our Mohenjo-Daro dwelling project and Firefly was inspired to use it to make his own Terracotta Warrior, Terracotta Horse and his own version of a ming bowl.
This box of clay was a great investment. It was a rainy day, so I baked the clay creations in the oven on degrees for about an hour. This dried them somewhatbut due to their thickness, they needed further drying.
We left them out for a couple of days and they were definitely drier, although still a bit fragile. Terracotta pieces after drying. Then Firefly painted the pieces, just as would have been done in ancient China. We spent some time learning about dragons and how, in China, they mean good luck, rather than the scary, fire-breathing beasts that they are known for in some other cultures.
Perhaps we will attend a festival for the next Chinese New Year to see some real dragon costumes. I have a feeling that ancient China is going to be one of our ongoing fascinations, much like ancient Egypt. My Latest Videos Handwriting battles?Ancient China Activities.
Posted on Sep 27, These are pictograms, an ancient Chinese way of writing, where pictures stood for words. We spent some time looking over the ones in the book, then spontaneously, I asked Firefly if he’d like to make his own pictograms. This actually is one of the activities in the SOTW Activity Guide.
That's why I started making my own Chinese worksheets for kids. Below I will link to all the worksheets that I make. Also, we will blog about the other good resources we find online to help our kids read and write Chinese and blog about them.
You should make the writing boxes longer, because I want them to write more chinese characters. The Chinese Art of Calligraphy Lesson Plan Student Objectives Demonstrate an understanding that calligraphy is an ancient Chinese tradition.
The earliest known written records of the history of China date from as early as BC, from the Shang dynasty (c. – BC). Ancient historical texts such as the Records of the Grand Historian (c. BC) and the Bamboo Annals ( BC) describe a Xia dynasty (c.
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