Want to get your kids excited about literally any subject? Just add food — specifically party food. Anytime we can add a little “party school“ to our education we go for it.
All the way.
No holds barred.
Pull out all the stops and have a feast. In this case, we had an Ancient Egypt Feast.
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When I said pull out all the stops, I wasn’t kidding. I’ve been married over 20 years. After the 15th year, I decided I was tired of having a set of dishes that was never used. So, I started dusting off the china and setting the table for all of our special occasions — even party school. Presentation is 90% of pulling off a successful party school. Fine china, tablecloths, decorations – these all add to the celebration atmosphere. You really can’t overdo it in the presentation department. A sophisticated, understated elegance is not what we’re going for. Think “over-the-top” when it comes to party school.
Ancient Egypt Feast Foods
Being completely honest here, you should know I cooked absolutely none of this food. I am a sufficient cook (the kids are fed and only mildly grumble), but my proficiency in the kitchen stops at middle eastern foods. For our ancient Egypt feast, I called on the professionals — my local Egyptian deli and World Market. I wanted the food to be authentic, so the girls could truly experience food from another culture and nation. Now, I’m not sure how “ancient” the food was, but it was definitely different from the kids’ current favorites of pizza and mac & cheese.
We had one rule at our ancient Egypt feast. You must try everything. They were not required to eat more than one bite. That meant no one ate more than one bite of the chickpeas, everyone ate the hawawshi, and one kid scooped all the rice out of the Mahshi Warak’ Enab.
We did discover that homemade pita and baklava are delicious. Most of us liked the hummus, and I loved the Baba Ganoush (or at least I liked saying it aloud. Baba Ganoush. Seriously, say it, you will love it, too).
Ancient Egypt Unit Study Series
And so ends our Ancient Egyptian Unit Study, with a celebratory party. If you missed any of the other posts in my 5-day series on How To Teach Ancient Egyptian History In A Way Your Kids Will Love, it’s not too late to read all about how to add a little pixie dust to your homeschool history lessons.
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