Last year in the Mystery of History (MOH), we learned about five Chinese dynasties (Xia, Shang, Zhou, Qin, Han), and this week we added two more: Sui and Tang.
In the midst of all this study, I realized that our kids really don’t know much about Chinese culture. Grace has a friend who is half Chinese at church, but that’s about all.
So, to give them a taste of the culture (pun intended), we took them out for a Chinese buffet that evening!
We all had egg drop soup, egg roll, spring roll, crab rangoon (one of my favorites!), and a whole bunch of different kinds of chicken. It was tasty, and we talked about the day’s lesson while we ate.
It was so touching and humbling when the owner brought our bill and explained that a couple that sat just a couple of tables away from us (who had already left the restaurant) had given $20 toward our meal. To be honest, we weren’t sure we should go out that evening, because it was a budget-buster. (I.e. It would exceed what was left in our budget for eating out for the month.) But God totally provided for us through a couple we didn’t even know! Praise Him! Jehovah Jireh strikes again! 🙂
AHHH! Sorry I forgot to get back to this question I gave you!
I’m going to give Sarah Rumley the props for having the best guess! She said, “I think he was a grandson of Hezekiah…or a great grandson.”
I’m thoroughly impressed, Sarah! 🙂
The correct answer is….
He was his great great grandson.
Just one “great” off, Sarah!
And thanks to everyone else for your guesses, too!
This week in our Mystery of History studies, we talked about the prophet Ezekiel.
He was an interesting guy.
One small detail of his life was that God commanded him to eat a scroll. Grace drew a picture of this:
"Ezekiel ate a scroll because God told him to."
So, we made ourselves a little (edible) scroll out of a tortilla and honey. We wrote “Oh, Israel” on it, because Ezekiel prophesied during the time period just before the third and final invasion of King Nebuchadnezzar and the subsequent captivity in Babylon.
Then we rolled it up all scroll-like, and the kiddos ate it.
We decided a real, paper scroll probably wouldn’t have tasted quite so good. 🙂
We also talked about his experience of prophesying to a valley full of bones…and watching those bones come to life! Then we sang the old spiritual “Dry Bones.”
A few weeks ago, we studied King Solomon as a part of our Mystery of History lessons. To reinforce what we learned, the kids each chose a Proverb to illustrate.
Here is Grace’s illustration…”Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel.”
And Caleb’s illustration…”The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run man runs into it and is safe.”
This week’s Mystery of History lessons are all about Egypt!
Amenhotep, Nefertiti, Tutankhamen, and Rameses the Great!
On Monday, we made Cartouche Bookmarks, with the kids’ names spelled out in hieroglyphics (the pencil-colored figures in the pictures).
Then today we had a mini treasure hunt throughout the house, after discussing how King Tut’s tomb full of treasure was discovered.
Tomorrow we’re supposed to have an Egyptian feast, but….I’m just not sure about all the effort involved. Call me a slacker mom, but that sounds like a lot of work! Ack!