Saturday, February 28, 2009

Home School Field Trip to Egypt

Two years ago when we finished our home school study of ancient history, we took our girls on a field trip to Egypt to see some of the things that they had studied. At the time we were using My Father's World curriculum as a guide for our history studies (no, the curriculum didn't mention this trip as an optional activity).

We first flew to Cairo where we saw the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the pyramids of Kafhre and Menkaura at Giza, and we were able to walk inside the pyramid of Kafhre. We walked along a narrow shaft 50ft long and 1/2 the height of a person, so we had to walk in bent over at the waist for those first 50 ft. After the walk inside, we saw the tomb chamber.

The girls sitting on the bottom row of pyramid stones.

Of course while we were there at Giza, we also saw the Great Sphinx.

From Cairo, we took a train to Aswan to take a cruise along the Nile. At Aswan we saw the Philae temple.

Our first stop along the Nile, was Kom Ombo where we toured the double temple of Horus and Set.

At another stop along the Nile, we visited the Valley of the Kings with the tombs of Ramesses IV, Tuthmosis III, and Ramesses III (among many others). We also saw the temple of Hatshepsut (the female pharoah) on the backside of the pyramid mountain of the Valley of the Kings.

Temple of Hatshepsut

We rode camels...

...toured a mosque...

...and saw a lot of ancient art.

After the Nile trip, we were driven to Hurghada along the Red Sea where we took a ferry across the Red Sea to Sharm el-Sheikh. While on the east side of the Red Sea, we climbed Mt. Sinai at 2 am so that we could be at the top to see the sun rise.

We toured St. Catherine's monastery to see the supposed well where Moses and Zipporah met. We also saw Moses' "burning bush".

In front of the burning bush

This will be one field trip the girls will remember for a lifetime. To actually see the things we studied about and to experience the culture that we read about had such an impact on our learning experience. It was like putting another dimension to our studies.

Virtual Field Trip at

Thanks, Jena for this opportunity to show our vacation pictures! If you would like to join in the virtual field trip, click the above picture to Jena's site at Yarns of the Heart to learn how you can participate.


  1. I am so envious of your curriculum!

  2. I want to be your homeschooler! This is wonderful. I can't wait to share it with my kids. Cathy

  3. it was fun going to Egypt. I can't believe it was two years ago!!!

  4. So very awesome! My poor kids pretty much stay home, well within a few miles of home. :)

  5. Great pictures Gayle! So, do you just go to Egypt whenever you want or was this in conjunction with a work trip for your husband? :)Thanks for spreading the word about the field trip. I've got some great posts so far, and want to encourage everyone to send me one. We homeschoolers know how to do field trips!

  6. Wow, I am awe of your commitment to your fortunate children's education. What a beautiful field trip!

  7. What an incredible trip. I LOVE your first picture of the column with heiroglyphics. So neat to see them close up. How was the camel ride? Bumpy?

  8. The camel ride was bumpy and a little scary. We rode camels part of the way up Mt. Simai in the dark. My camel took off by itself before its guide was able to catch up. The camels knew where they were going, I didn't find that out until a half hour into the trip.

  9. Wow, what an awesome adventure! Thanks for sharing it!

    I replied to your comment on my blog about the dishes, if you want to check back. :)

  10. What an amazing trip, thank you for sharing it! I'm sure that my sons will return to this post often, it is sooooo cool!

  11. Yea, I'm slightly jealous of your trip. We loved our studies of Ancient Egypt. So glad you were able to take your girls.

    What an end to a great study.

  12. Egypt is probably the one place I really, really, really, REALLY want to visit. Wow. Great post and pictures!

  13. These are wonderful pictures, i like watching them now and then... They leave a wide smile on my face.

    Stay blessed,


  14. Habari Vale!

    Thought about you the other day when I called the ice cubes ice blocks! We will always have fond memories of your stay with us. We think of you often!



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