By far, our favorite homeschool activity is doing history studies. We've had a Titanic Tea Party, made an Egypt Map Cake, and more! One of our favorite resources is Mystery of History. We've been using it for our homeschool Bible study time for about eight years now and we totally love it! Yesterday, we did the MOH lesson on Gideon and had so much fun with a couple great projects.
I read them half the story of Gideon in Judges 6, and then we did project number one: making clay pots. Some of the kids didn't recognize the significance yet, but they had fun putting them together while I talked about what Gideon's people would have used clay pots for. Everyone got two lengths of modeling clay and creatively formed them into unique vessels.
After that, I read them the rest of the story of Gideon's defeat over the Midianites and they learned that Gideon's army broke clay pots to intimidate the enemy army and defeat them. We talked about how God helped Gideon weed out warriors---one way was by having them take a drink from the river to see whether they would remain on guard while being bent down. Michael and Elisha demonstrated how much quicker it would have been for the "lapping" guys to jump up than for the kneeling men.
Finally, it was time for my big surprise! Everyone headed outside and I gave terra cotta pots to four of the kids. You know what's coming, don't you?!
Everyone raised their pot and yelled, "the sword of the Lord and Gideon!"....
SMASH!!! Yeah, it was awesome.
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