Wednesday, July 24, 2013

History: The Maccabean Revolt

Now for blogging round #3, a little taste of our home school with history.

We started off our 2013-14 school year - and history - with a fun Hanukkah lunch. Last year, we went through most of RC History's Connecting with History, volume 1: Old Testament and Ancient Cultures through 63 B.C. The Greeks lasted much longer for us than planned so instead of cramming a bunch of information in at the end, I decided to create a prep unit to bridge volume 1 and volume 2 (New Testament and Early Medieval History through A.D. 1066).

First we recapped the Macedonians, Philip and Alexander the Great, the division of Alexander's empire, and then the Maccabean revolt, which of course led to the celebration of the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah.

The boys really liked the book, Alexander the Great, by Demi. For the story of the Maccabean revolt, we listened to the audio cd Jewish Holiday Stories by Jim Weiss while we prepared for our lunch. The kids chose a coloring page from Jewish Holidays and Traditions Coloring Book (Dover publications), made a Star of David craft, and helped set the table.

Star of David craft using popsicle sticks, markers, and glue.

Lunch included: potato latkes (I'm sure not traditional!), salad greens, applesauce, and a marshmallow dreidel dessert.

I used playdoh and birthday candles with holders as our temporary menorah.

These dessert dreidels were a definite hit!

I wanted to make these recycled dreidels with the kids after lunch, but despite his cheerful countenance up above, Skipper quickly came down with a fever and spent the rest of the day on the couch.

Now, onto the Romans and the coming of Jesus!


  1. This looks like so much fun! Are taking a great between Greece and Rome to do some state history, so I will save this as a great review/bridge before start Rome in the new year!

  2. Sylvia, glad it helps you! History flows better when we do hands on like this but it can be exhausting to keep the pace. I think we're drifting toward reading so much for a few weeks and then having a big day like this for each unit at the beginning or end.


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