Summer SAVY 2017, Session 6/Day 3- Beyond the Pyramids (Rising 1st)
Dear SAVY Parents,
Another fantastic day in ancient Egypt with your child and their friends!
Today we read the story, Senefer: A Young Genius in Old Egypt. We learned many things about their economic bartering system, as well as their unique number system. We took some time to practice our Egyptian mathematics in case we want to become engineers like Senefer! We also began looking at some of the Egyptian architecture that they are so famous for: pyramids and obelisks! The students are very eager to continue to explore and discuss more thoughts about how human systems change over time in regard to needs, resources, and circumstances. Additionally, your child may be thinking about such issues as value and pricing in the bartering system. Who decides the value of goods and services in a barter system? Does the Pharaoh decide? Do the scribes in the temple set the price when they collected the loaves of bread in exchange for silver rings? What types of conversations happened in the ancient Egyptian market between the stakeholders to decide? How is that the same or different in today’s monetary economic system? These are great conversations for you to continue with your child at home or on the way to or from the grocery today!
Tomorrow we will continue to explore the human systems of Egypt and how they have changed over time by looking at social and governmental systems. We have been observing members and groups in the labor force and tomorrow we’ll sort those out. We observed how workers and engineers work together with some amazing technology to “move things into place” for the great monuments we still see today across the Egyptian landscape.
We invite you to join us on Friday for Open House, to tour the market place and the “House of Life”! We may even teach you to scribe in papyrus, reed, and ink!
I can’t wait to meet you!
Mrs. Carol Byrd