While there aren't a whole lot of books about ancient African life and culture, there are quite a few folktales available, so that's what the majority of our studies revolved around this week. Tessa also learned to weave when we crafted African baskets from construction paper.
- Read Usborne: Ancient World by Fiona Chandler (pages 68-69).
- Looked at pictures and read captions from Look What Came From Africa by Miles Harvey.
- Completed HO map work for Lesson 26, Main Lesson.
- Read Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale by Verna Aardema.
- Read Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa by Gerald McDermott.
- Read This Is the Tree by Miriam Moss.
- Watched Ancient Civilizations for Children: Ancient Africa DVD by Schlessinger Media.
- Listened to Magic Tree House #11: Lions at Lunchtime audiobook by Mary Pope Osborne.
- Completed "Make Your Own: Basket" (page 74) from Amazing Africa Projects You Can Build Yourself by Carla Mooney.
I wasn't keen on the Ancient Africa projects recommended in either History Odyssey or The Story of the World Activity Book, so I went out on my own for this one. Since Tessa had never weaved before, I liked that this craft also taught her the basics of a somewhat practical skill. I knew this project would be somewhat time-consuming, so I went ahead and cut all of the pieces the day before.
Tessa started her basket by gluing the pieces for the framework in a star pattern.
Then, she glued a five-inch circle in the center of the framework. Afterward, she folded the arms inward. This created a skeleton of sorts for her to weave the remaining pieces through.
Next, Tessa weaved contrasting paper strips through the framework.
Other Books of Interest
- A Story, A Story - Gail E. Haley
- Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock - Eric A. Kimmel
- Anansi and the Talking Melon - Eric A. Kimmel
- Anansi Goes Fishing - Eric A. Kimmel
- Anansi's Party Time - Eric A. Kimmel
* HO = History Odyssey