David drew this while we were doing some of our history reading this week. There is fire on the arrow if you can't tell.
This week we read about the Ottoman-Turks capturing Constantinople (now Istanbul) and how Ferdinand and Isabella got married secretly and then took over Granada from the Moors to create a united Spain. They may have been good rules for the people who remained but I can't help but feel sad about how they conducted themselves. Under the Moor rulers Granada was a Muslim country but Jews and Christians were allowed to live there as long as they didn't cause trouble. When Ferdinand and Isabella took over (after many years of war) they expelled all of the Jews and killed most of the Muslims. Somehow I don't see their actions as being the best way to win people to Christ. It was a good opportunity to talk with the kids about being examples of Christ in our world.
I love this integrated unit study because the passage of verses we memorized a few weeks ago, when leaning about the Crusades, was all about love. "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels but have not love I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal...." That makes it easy to contrast the actions that men do in the name of God , with what God says we should actually be doing.
We did a fun experiment this week after reading about Henry the Navigator. We magnetized a sewing needle with a refrigerator magnate and then floated it on a piece of paper in a bowl of water. each of the kids got to have a turn changing the position of the needle and then watching it move back to magnetic north. Very fun, but quick and easy!