Today in Mystery of History we made a salt dough map of Israel. Making the dough was so quick & easy! We just mixed a cup of salt and a cup of flour and then added a little water at a time until it was "mud" consistancy. We were surprised at how STICKY the dough was, though! It was really hard to work with. After it had set for a few hours, it was a lot easier to play with. Next time, we need to add less water or wait a few hours!
So, our map didn't turn out great, but we did have fun and learned some basic geography of the region! We labeled the Mediterranean Sea, Dead Sea, Jordan River, Sea of Galilee, Masada and Qumran. It was a nice review as we talked about some of the places we've learned about this year.
We finished our 5th week of Mystery of History and added 3 more figures to our timeline. While talking about Masada, something I wasn't familiar with, we ordered "That the World May Know: Faith Lessons on the Life and Ministry of the Messiah" from Netflix. It has a section about Masada.
We are continuing to enjoy this curriculum, but I really need to actually DO more of the activities! I'm glad we did this activity today. We are switching our schedule so that we do science on Mondays & Thursdays and history on Tuesdays & Fridays, so hopefully I'll feel we do have time to do more of these wonderful activities.