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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Silk Road





The girls and I love World History.  We use the book The Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer and it is so interesting to read!  Plus the activity book has amazing ideas.  We are currently studying Ancient China and we just covered the Silk Road, the Forbidden City, the Mongols and Kublai Khan.  Fascinating stuff.  The girls did some Chinese writing one evening and then yesterday took a "journey" on the Silk Road.  It took Marco Polo 4 years to get there on his journey, but we made it in 10 minutes!  The girls traveled through the Gobi Desert, Loyang-Shih, the Taklamankan Desert, Tun-huang Shih and down the Yellow River (Katie is pictured paddling down the river with my broom as an oar) and finally made it to Peking (now called Beijing).  At the end of their journey they found silks, gold, jade, ivory, wine, spices (such as cloves and ginger) and exotic animals.  At first they weren't sure about taking this adventure but they ended up having a great time!

6 comments:

The Dragovich 5 said...

Wow, thank you for the lesson. I did not know Peking is now Beijing! We have a great kids movie about Marco Polo we would love to share with you :o)

mysteryhistorymom said...

Thanks Roxanne! We would LOVE to borrow the movie!

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A said...

How cool! I never made it to Beijing :-) but can say "hello" in Chinese: Ni hao! (Nee How)

mysteryhistorymom said...

I love it! I will tell the girls tonight! We really want to go to the Forbidden City one day...

Lisa said...

That is so cool guys!!!
Yesterday my dad gave me a book that came from China, that was about the Chinese art of papercutting that actually had some papercut in it. The book your reading sounds really cool. I haven't read it yet, but what you did sounds like fun. I'll have to try it myself. Love, Chelsea