There’s a Cookie Map for That

The Nile River

* Afflilate links included.

When studying Ancient Egypt one MUST make a cookie map. At least that’s what I read on every blog a few years ago. I took the advice and joined the vast cookie-making map movement and loved it.

Of all the simple or involved projects from our Ancient Egypt study, the cookie map stands out as a favorite. In fact, it’s now the project I keep in my back pocket for any geography based lesson.

I used store brand sugar cookie dough found in the freezer section along with store bought tube icings. You can make both the dough and icing homemade if you choose. It was easier and quicker for me to just buy it ahead of time and stick in the fridge. Purchasing the cookie supplies allowed the boys and I to go straight to the fun.

History Pockets: Ancient Egypt Grades 4 - 6

Our study of Ancient Egypt included using History Pockets: Ancient Egypt – Grades 4-6+The boys enjoyed, for the most part, creating their history book. In full disclosure, I have one child who does not lean towards the crafty. He likes to do the work and be done. My younger son, on the other hand, is all about enjoying the process and creating. Both boys particularly enjoyed learning to write their names in hieroglypics.

I came late to the game on history pockets and do wish I had introduced them at an earlier age to my children. This unit study opened my eyes to my boy’s learning styles. Yes, I have read plenty on learning styles, yet History Pockets brought their styles to my attention in living color.

I highly recommend History Pockets for visual and hands-on learners.

Choosing Family-Favorite Read Alouds

Consignment sales, yard sales, and homeschool conventions are underway with treasure troves of beautiful children’s reading books. Rarely do I purchase new books, choosing instead to look for older tried-and-true favorites, especially those I enjoyed as a child.

To find the perfect books for family read alouds, here’s what I keep in mind:
* Intriguing storyline.
* Beautiful or unique artwork.
* Words that lend themselves to being read aloud.
* A book to spark interest, invite questions, and activate imaginations.
* A book my children and I will want to read aloud over and over again.

Two family classics my younger boys and I enjoying reading again and again are:

The Giant Jam Sandwich (affiliate link)
(affiliate link by John Vernon Lord with verses by Janet Burroway
Published in 1972, it is the first storybook I recall reading-a-loud to my pretend schoolroom of Barbie and baby dolls as a little girl.

The Giant Jam Sandwich is about a horde of wasps invading a village. The baker comes up with a fool-proof plan to bake a giant jam sandwich to trap those rascally wasps. His plan succeeds, the village is saved all in a fun to read rhyming story. It will hold the attention of boys and girls — and may even make them hungry!

Andrew Henry’s Meadow (affiliate link)
by Doris Burn

I found this gem of a storybook at either a consignment or yard sale. Published in 1965, the black and white drawings are not boring to children, in fact mine were intrigued and wanted to immediately draw their own meadow.

Set in the small town of Stubbsville, Andrew Henry is a middle child who loves to invent. Feeling there is no place at home to create, he strikes out with supplies to a meadow where he builds a house. Town children soon begin showing up wanting Andrew Henry to build a variety of special playhouses. A tree house for Alice the bird lover, a wooden castle for a friend who loves to play dress-up and even a boathouse. Before long the meadow is filled with Andrew Henry’s creations while parents are searching for their missing children. It doesn’t take long for parents and children to joyously reunite in the peaceful meadow. My boys loved the meadow of children’s playhouses and discussed what and how they could build one of their own.

Family favorite read-a-loud books can easily become a growing collection to enjoy for generations. Both Andrew Henry’s Meadow and The Giant Jam Sandwich have been read to all four of my children over the years. Even as I read The Giant Jam Sandwich the last time, I caught my 19 year-old out of the corner of my eyes stopping to listen.

The beauty of good books is they never grow old, only better with each reading.

What are your family favorite read-a-loud books? I’d like to make a list and keep an eye out for them at the sales this spring.

Free Books for Kindle ~ If you enjoy free books I share my picks daily on Citizen Mama’s Facebook page. Links are time sensitive–if you see a book of interest, get it.


Free Seminar on Earning College Credits by Examination

Anna Warnke will be presenting a free seminar on earning college credits by examination on Thursday, February 7th at 7 PM at Homeschool Hangout. She earned her college degree through credit by examination and will sharing her experience. Space is limited, reservations required by either calling 770.569.4977 or emailing
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