Monday, May 14, 2012

Ancient Egypt via YouTube

We watched these awesome videos over the last couple of weeks 
for our studies on Ancient Egypt:

The Nile: River of Life - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

YouTube is becoming our main History resource. We also do reading, writing, and timelines - but the videos are so much more exciting. And what better than to cuddle up in the afternoon and watch movies? It's one of my favorite times of the week. It's all so fascinating. How I'd love to stand on one of those pyramids. Must go to Egypt some day!

We break the videos up into 30 minute segments, which seems to be the right amount for Lu. We probably pause every 5-10 minutes, either because he has a question or because I have a comment or connection to make. 

So our 75-minute history lessons usually look something like this -
3 pages of reading (with lots of pictures), discussion, writing (answering 2 or 3 questions in notebook), marking events on our timelines, and watching half of a video. I just have to make sure to keep up the searching for good videos and always having them ready to watch.


Check out this nifty little collection of 16 videos:

Mesopotamia: Crash Course World History #3World History by Crash Course
Agricultural Revolution, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, and a bunch more.
Each one is 10-13 minutes long.

I can see us using them as a review in high school, as we will hopefully have covered everything up to WWII by 8th or 9th grade, and will need to spiral back. They could also be very handy as a guide for a parent putting together a history program, or just wanting to brush up on their history knowledge.

I would watch them just for fun!


  1. Oh...I haven't seen these! And, thanks especially for the last one! :) I think we are doing China next, although possibly Japan...we will decide in a couple of weeks. Still finishing up our ancient India reading.

    Thanks also for your comment/congrats on my graduating! :)