Home School Life Journal From Preschool to High School

Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Ancient Egypt, Early Egypt {approx. 2920-2575 BC and The Old Kingdom {approx. 2575-2135 BC}

Early Egypt

1-2rd Dynasties
The most notable king was the first king of the unified Upper and Lower Egypt was Menes who is now identified with Narmer.

The Old Kingdom: The Age of Pyramids

The 3th-6th Dynasties

Under King Djoser, the first king of the Third Dynasty of the Old Kingdom, the royal capital of Egypt was moved to Memphis, where Djoser established his court. A new era of building was initiated at Saqqara under his reign. King Djoser's architect, Imhotep is credited with the development of building with stone and with the conception of the new architectural form—the Step Pyramid.
The Old Kingdom is perhaps best known for the large number of pyramids constructed at this time as burial places for the Pharaohs. For this reason, the Old Kingdom is frequently referred to as "the Age of the Pyramids."

Power and Government

Worksheet from Remembering God's Awesome Acts, Susan Mortimer

The Pharaoh and Cartouches

Cartouches are hieroglyphics written in an oval with a line at one end and represent royal names, coming into use during the beginning of the Fourth Dynasty under Pharaoh Sneferu. We decided that we would like to make some in the form of necklaces, based on the ones we saw at The Sleepy Time Gal.
 We rolled out some golden Sculpy into rough oblong ovals. Then we made grooves around the edges to make a border. We also added a line at the bottom made from thin snakes of Sculpy.

 The boys then made the chosen hieroglyphics with a skewer into the Sculpy.

 Once the cartouches were baked, we added black into into the hieroglyph-grooves.

 A little more black ink around the border and a little here and there.

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  1. I love that pyramid of who belongs where! Very useful visual!

    The cartouches look like a lot of fun to make.

  2. I love that pyramid of the power and government, what a great visual.

    I quite agree with Erin, the cartouches look fun to make.


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