Truth from Joshua and the history of Jericho!
What a blessed study of the book of Joshua and the fall of Jericho we had recently in our homeschool.
Because we had soaked in so much hands-on experience during our celebration of Sukkot this year, the kids were ripe with the context for which the book of Joshua starts. Moses had just died, the Israelites had been living in sukkahs for 40 years! They were happy to see the promised land. I love bringing it alive for all of us.
We read to the kids from the book of Joshua, chapters 2 through 6.
The kids hung on every word, because it is a wonderful book. We watched a select portion of the awesome documentary, "Patterns of Evidence: Exodus" where they show the archaeological discoveries of the site of Jericho, how the world has the dates wrong, and the fascinating history of the ruins, which back up the entire account in the Bible, including the fire and the wheat stores for the time of year it happened. There is even a portion of the outer wall tower that didn't collapse, because Rahab helped the spies and was spared. Amazing!!!
If you haven't seen "Patterns of Evidence: Exodus" yet, I highly recommend it. You can learn more here: http://www.patternsofevidence.com/en/story/
We built Rahab's house out of an empty oatmeal container, and built the walls of Jericho out of Jenga and math blocks. We marched outside with instruments in place of shofars- recorders, noisemakes, etc. Lots of fun. You can also make shofars for a craft.
Because we were working with 12 for the Jordan river stones and the tribes, we discussed the composites of this number. Twelve is a composite number, the smallest number with exactly six divisors, its divisors being 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 12. Twelve is also a highly composite number, the next one being twenty-four. Twelve is also a superior highly composite number, the next one being sixty. Twelve is a sublime number, a number that has a perfect number of divisors, and the sum of its divisors is also a perfect number. Isn't that interesting when you think of a baker's dozen? Think of the 12 tribes of Israel next time you use your muffin pan! Once we started comparing all the ways 12 works into our lives, the kids were really on a roll. 12 eggs to a carton, 12 hours in a day, 12 inches equals 1 foot, 12 ribs in the human body... 12 disciples of Jesus! One source we found said you will find the number 12 in the Bible 187 times!
Here are some more fun ways to learn math around 12: http://www.richardphillips.org.uk/number/Num12.htm
And here is a terrific free game the kids can play on the computer to match up numbers to equal 12: http://www.coolmath4kids.com/addition/number-twins-12.html
We listened to this Jewish storyteller talk about the story...
Here is a coloring page for Rahab and her family being spared: http://www.calvary-kids-pages.com/5a211.html
And a Joshua, Rahab and Jericho word code puzzle: http://www.notebookingnook.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Joshua-Decoder.pdf
In addition, my kids really really love this Bible series of the Greatest Adventure. It is kind of like the Magic Tree House books, these modern day archaeologist kids travel back in time to learn and experience the history of the Bible first hand. They are particularly a favorite for my son. To show just how much he loves them, I will testify that he has stopped asking to watch his favorite superhero cartoons during free screen time, and wants to watch his Bible stories instead. Halal!
We are moving along to Judges next, and while we are transitioning for those getting resources and ideas from this series, this is an absolutely fantastic collection of study/notebooking pages for your students that take you from Joshua through Judges and Ruth. Check it out: http://gonnafly.hubpages.com/hub/joshua-judges-ruth-bible-study-for-kids