Old line from a poem.
I am teaching a once a week kids’ class on historical figures and cultures starting in September. I am actually really looking forward to it. I’ve gotten most of one class done. I think I am overplanning and I will have too much to do, but better that than the other way, I think.
Most of the students at the school are Christian and the stated mission is to promote the study of God. So this course is based off stories in the Old Testament. We look at them and then we look at the history around them.
First week we are studying Egypt brick building, housing, and mummies. (The mummies are more for comic relief for the younger kids.) We got there from Joseph and Moses.
Second week we are studying the Assyrians and how scary they could be. Jonah and his fish are getting us there.
Third week we are studying the Philistines and the Phonecians. I think. We’re getting there from Goliath and Elisha. We may not actually do the Phonecians. I haven’t decided yet. Plus, it probably depends on how much info I have.
Fourth week we are looking at what it meant to be a shepherd, three thousand years ago. That should be interesting.
Then we switch to fighting techniques. I was hoping to get the video of Conquest’s Weapons of the Bible, but the History Channel doesn’t have it. Blast them! And they aren’t repeating the series. I’d buy them all if I had too, just to get that one. –Of course, if I had them all I would probably show some of the others later.
At that point I switched and went mostly into non-Bible related historical stuff. Although I do get to Alexander the Great in terms of Hanukah and the Festival of Lights for which Jesus went to Jerusalem.
We’re going to study Hannibal, Diogenes, Hippocrates, Ctesias, Plato, Solon, and some other dudes after that.
This summer I’ll probably be trying these ideas out on my boys. Although my youngest could possibly be in my class in the fall.