Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ancient China!

Sonlight Week 26 and SOTW Chapters 10 and 32


This week, our notebooking highlight was a drawing of the Great Wall of China.  :)  They turned out pretty good.

Great Wall of China drawing from "Draw and Write Through History"


We made some Chinese coin replicas this week!  I don't seem to have any pics of this, and I can't remember where I got the idea, but I'll explain to you.

You will need some air dry clay and a circle cookie cutter.  Roll the clay out to about 1/2 inch thickness.  Use the cookie cutter to make round coin shapes.  Next, cut a square in the middle of each coin to resemble the way the Ancient Chinese made their coins to make them easier to handle.  Put them all on a string!  Have fun.  The girls loved this activity, especially after reading Little Pear.

Extras!  Extras!

Great Wall of China video

Great Wall panoramic experience

Lost Empires: China


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Ancient India and Start Ancient China

Sonlight Week 25 and SOTW Chapters 30, 31

We focused on Ancient China and Ancient India this week.  These were two of our favorite books we added.


Notebooking pages (Notebooking Pages.com) and drawings.  For silkworm coloring page, see Extras! Extras! below.


How about tying to make some Chinese Moon Cakes this week?

1/4 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup salted butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup strawberry (or your favorite) jam (traditionally red bean paste is used so if you want a more authentic version, you can use a can of red bean paste instead of the jam).

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Combine the butter, sugar and 1 egg yolk and stir.  Mix in the flour.  Form the dough into one large ball and wrap it in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate dough for half an hour.
Unwrap the chilled dough and form small balls in the palms of your hand.  Make a hole with your thumb  in the center of each mooncake and fill with about half a teaspoon of jam.  Brush each cake with the other beaten egg yolk and place on a cookie sheet.  Bake for about 20 minutes or just until the outside edges are slightly brown.

Extras!  Extras!

Indus Valley Interactive

India Temples and Music video

Silkworm coloring