Archeologists don’t get rich. Archeology doesn’t steal from the past, it opens it, so others can learn from it. – Ned (T. E.) Lawrence, Young Indiana Jones Chronicles – Episode 1.
Thomas and I started our epic Indy journey today, streaming the first episode of the first season of the educational series “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” from Netflix. (After learning about the documentaries, I went ahead and ordered the DVD collection with the documentaries (Amazon.com) and it is on its way! I’ll post a review of the documentary and Thomas’ reaction to it after we’ve reviewed it.)
The first episode in the series, “My First Adventure,” introduced us to the young Henry Jones, Jr., his beautiful Husky, Indy, his school escapades and the infamous, international voyage he embarks on with his parents. The setting for this series is early 1900’s so you get a great glimpse of that time period and the sorts of travel available then, mostly steamships, horses and camels.
I kept my eyes and ears open to any and all possible learning moments, which for this first edition leaves me completely overwhelmed! This was a thorough introduction to other cultures as well as archeology. Indy’s father instills in him the importance of learning and knowledge and there is much for Indy to learn along the way – in the books and on the streets.
Key topic areas for this episode are:
- Other cultures, customs & religious worldviews (Christian, Hindu and Muslim worldviews are touched upon here)
- Ancient Egyptian beliefs, mythology, curses, bad air and the bad guys
- Howard Carter’s work in the Valley of the Kings
- Introduction to T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)
- Issue of slavery and the slave markets of Marrakech
Wow! So where to go from here? Well, There’s a list of related lesson plans on the Indy In The Classroom site. These are for older kids in a classroom setting, but some of the ideas are interesting and can probably be adapted to a younger audience. We ordered a bunch of the books recommended by the article mentioned in my first post of this series How To Raise Your Child To Be A Real-Life Indian Jones, including these titles which can also be found at the Library:
- Illustrated Book of Myths
- Children from Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey around the World
- Hands-On Archaeology: Real-Life Activities for Kids
- A Child’s Introduction to Greek Mythology: The Stories of the Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, Monsters, and Other Mythical Creatures
- Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver (Kate Greenaway Medal (Awards))
- If You Lived When There Was Slavery In America
With so much related informations and lessons, I have to remember that this is supposed to be fun! The weather here is pretty rough at the moment, so outside work is on hold. I think we’ll start with a Monday trip to the Library and pull some books that look interesting and see where it leads us. If the roads are too icy, we might start with one of these fun activities on the Archeological Institute of America‘s education outreach page. Layer cake archeology sounds like a delicious, er, really fun way to start! There’s a neat treasure hunt idea on My Kids’ Adventures website as well that can easily be adapted to the Indiana Jones theme.
Meanwhile, you could watch this episode with your future archeologist and start your learning adventure! My personal favorite thoughts from this episode are:
When you go to other countries to work, learn their language. — Ned
Keep a journal. Write down anything that interests or strikes you. — Henry Jones Sr.