They really enjoyed themselves! Can't you tell!
We also learned about Israel and Judaism, so we went out to lunch to sample some falafel. Yum!
Miss Mae thought it was delish! Little Dude on the other hand...
Not so much.
Later that day the kids made up a game to play that I think is the official thing that makes us official homeschoolers...officially! This video explains it all...
As Friday rolled around, we wanted to have a field trip to celebrate the first week of school. I had heard that there was a display of the Dead Sea Scrolls at a nearby seminary. Oh boy! It was Awesome!
First, before it got too hot, we went outside to the 80% scale Qumran dig site- a smaller version of the place where they found the scrolls. There was a very friendly doctoral student there to tell us all about Archeology and the digs he had been on in Israel. Miss Mae and Little Dude were able to use tools and brushes to unearth treasures. Miss Mae found a column.
Little Dude found something a bit more creepy...
They both found bits of pottery that were actually 2000 years old and from Israel, and they were allowed to bring them home! (Apparently 2000 year old pottery shards are so common there that they can be given away as favors!)
Once we went inside, there was a beautiful exhibit of artifacts from around 300 BC to about 100 AD, and copies of the Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as some smaller fragments of the actual scrolls. It was Ah-maze-ing!
The kiddos didn't enjoy looking at the scrolls and fragments quite as much as I did, but they enjoyed being archaeologists and trying to put this pot together from its many pieces.