Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mayan, Aztec, and Inca activities

 We have been reading about the Mayan, Aztec, and Inca civilizations. I looked up some activities we could do that go along with with these themes. The funny thing is that with unschooling I may organize something that Austyn might like, but he may or may not choose to do it. He wanted me to get some activities ready for him but he took the materials I made available for the planned activities and decided to do his own things. He decided that he wanted to make Mayan people and a hut. He didn't fully finish but it looked good so far. He decided a day or so later that he'd make some sacrificial knives and capture stuffed animals to sacrifice to the Aztec Gods.

Zoe did follow my instructions. She made it herself and didn't fully understand what she was making before she started, but it all worked out for her anyway. She made an Incan Quipu. It is a way to keep track of things in life. We looked at actual pictures to see what they looked like and made our own but with a piece of bristle board so that each string could be identified as a different thing to keep track of. Zoe decided that she wanted to draw the activities she wanted to keep track of instead of printing the words out. She hung it on her wall and each time she does an activity she puts a knot in the string that represents it.

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