Monday, May 21, 2007
Grace is eight years old now! It's hard to believe she's growing up so fast. We've been having a lot of fun studying Old Testament and Ancient Egypt in 2nd grade, and Grace really has a mind for details and storing away interesting facts. Her reading and writing skills are outstanding, and she devours books as quickly as I put them in front of her. She's also enjoying art and has drawn some beautiful pieces. We've also been studying some biology, which Grace says is "interesting". Here's a sample of some of her work:
This, in case you can't tell, is a cross-section of a cell! See the nucleus? See the organelles floating in the cytoplasm? Pretty cool what you can do with gelatin, an egg and some beans and noodles!
Grace has quite an artistic flair. Here's a still life she drew.
Here Grace becomes an Egyptian! From a white linen dress to black kohl eyeliner, she's truly transformed.
During her study on ancient Egypt, Grace made a model pyramid (did you know they originally had gold capstones on top?) and a 3D map of Egypt.
We spent a couple days on this project: Making our own mummy! Here's the "mummified" body.Now covering the body in resin-soaked linen strips (aka paper mache).Now he needs a funeral mask, which we copied from the famous mask of King Tutankhamen.The mask is painted and the mummy is ready to be buried.
He's laid in the sarcophagus... and set in his "tomb" for all of time.
These are just a few of the wonderful things Grace has been doing. Feel free to stop by anytime and she'll show you more!