Celtic history co-op. Week 6: Runes

Week 6: We made runes.

The Celts had a rich tradition of oral storytelling. The history of their land and people was preserved from generation to generation through druids who were expert story tellers. Once the Celts came into contact with other cultures a system of runic writing developed. There were several different runic alphabets used by northern European people.

We got the chance to make our own runes using air dry clay, toothpicks and other dough type tools.

A sample alphabet was printed so the kids had something to decode.

To read more about our homeschool history co-op activities one of the cultures below.
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Inspirations from Celtic history co-op. Week 3a: Jewelry

After the jewelry making Celtic history co-op we came home with borrowed books, beads, tools..... Basically everything you need to create jewelry. We made rings, necklaces, pins, bracelets and I'm sure there is more jewelry making in our future.

 Thank you miss Melissa for introducing us to this cool craft!

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Matilda Jane Clothing

My friend who started the Matilda Jane Clothing Company sent me a big box of clothes. The girls pretended to be models all afternoon. These clothes are by far the favorites in the closet. They are both cute and comfortable. Not to mention they are made to mix and match.

The clothes are sold through home parties called Trunk Shows just like tupperware. You can see all the clothes and get in touch with a Trunk Keeper on the web site.

Celtic history co-op. Week 5: Weapons

Week 5: We made Celtic shields.

Warring Celts painted themselves blue and wore very little clothing during battle. Prior to battles it was customary to brush hair and groom oneself. Although men were the primary warriors, the women sometimes fought alongside their men. Boudica is one famous Celtic warrior.

One way to identify the origin of an ancient shield is by the shape. Viking shields were round, Roman shields were cylindrical and Celtic shields had an oblong shape with rounded ends. Celtic shields were constructed from metal and contained raised designs.

Our Celtic shields were made from recycled pizza boxes, caulk and paint. After decorating shields with caulk they were spray painted.

To read more about our homeschool history co-op activities click on one of the cultures below.
Ancient China

Ostia Antica

Ostia Antica is less than a one hour train ride from Rome. It was a port city, with around 50,000 residents, for the Roman Empire, until the river upon which it was located changed course. At that point the city was abandoned and eventually burried. In recent times it has been excavated.
 Romans burried their dead or placed the ashes of the dead outside the city limits.

 Ancient Roman Bath

Rome Landmarks

Rome, Italy
 The Colosseum is the large stadium where the Roman Gladiators once fought 1500 years ago.

 Palatine Hill or Palace Hill is the sight of many ancient palaces. It is currently an active archaeological site.
The Forum is the site of the ancient village center.
The Arch of Constantine was built in 312 to commemorate a battle.
 The Arch of Titus was constructed in 82 AD to commemorate Titus' victories. This arch served as a model for many triumphal arches including the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
 The Spanish Steps are a popular resting spot at the foot of the Spanish Embassy.
The Pantheon was built for the Roman Gods and later became a Roman Catholic Church which enabled the structure to withstand the test of time.
According to legend Romulus and Remus, the founders of the ancient city of Rome, were raised by a she wolf.

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The Vikings came from Norway.
The Vikings put tremendous work into the carvings on the ships.
 Viking burial chamber.

Beautiful Viking wagon found at a burial site.

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Learning About the Library

My friend sent me this great curriculum for learning about using the library. It involves four visits to the library and a final day at home. There are different activities for each day including; drawing a map of the library, finding hidden bookmarks, playing librarian, finding periodicals and organizing your home library.

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Castles and Palaces - What's the Difference?

Did you know that castles and palaces are different. Castles  (burg) usually refer to a structure built during the middle ages or medieval period. Most of them are in a state of ruin. They are often found on hill tops and were built to defend its residents from enemies. In our area of Germany many small cities have castles overshadowing the town. There are two within 15 minutes driving distance.

Palaces (schloss) are more modern structures built after the middle ages. Many of them are in excellent condition and still used in some form or another.
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