16/06/08 14:35 Filed in: History
A year and a half year ago my eldest daughter was looking through Target for cheap Halloween costume. I nudged her toward the Cleopatra one, and her love for all things ancient Egypt and especially Cleopatra began.
Later that year she chose Cleopatra for her person to research for her class’s wax museum—handy since she already had the costume. We read Royal Diaries: Cleopatra and listened to the section on ancient Egypt on Story of the World (deserving of its own full post later).
This year in school she went to a friend’s birthday party. Theme? Cleopatra! I did not know a small school could have two girls interested (dare I say obsessed?) with Cleopatra.
Over the winter she joined the Museum Club in which members worked in pairs to design miniature museums. She and her partner, of course, chose an ancient Egypt theme.
I haven’t let her watch Elizabeth Burton’s version of Cleopatra yet as I prefer the intellectual and resourceful take of the Royal Diaries girl. She’s growing up fast enough as it is.
Next year, students study river civilizations including Alexandria and the culture of ancient Egypt. I think my daughter will be ecstatic.