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I’ve mentioned that we loosely follow the classical education model. Part of that means we study history chronologically. History is divided into four years of study based on how much information is available for that time period.

Thus we cover ancient history through the fall of Rome in the first year. These four years of study are repeated in three phases of education so it’s not important for the child to get all the information and ideas about, say, Ancient Egypt at once. She’ll have it again in fifth grade, and again in ninth grade.

This week, we’ve been talking about the earliest writings. First, the Egyptians carved on stone tablets. Then the Sumerians in Mesopotamia developed writing in clay–cuneiform.

Here we are making our own cuneiform in play-doh.

If it was just something unimportant like a grocery list, the Sumerians could just wipe it away and write again.

Did the Sumerians have grocery lists?