Lower School students explore Ancient Egypt with creative storytelling

Each year, Norfolk Collegiate’s lower school learns about the ancient civilization of Egypt. This year, our first-grade students concluded their unit with the Day of Egypt.

Lynn Ruehlmann was bitten by the storytelling bug after having spent years in the theater. She taught storytelling for Old Dominion University's Early Childhood Education Department. Her unique approach to storytelling caught our lower school friends’ attention during an assembly.

Ruehlmann’s background in English and theater allows her to create and perform original storytelling programs of historical stories, myths and folklore.

“In first grade, students learned the location of Egypt and about its geography and climate,” said Emily Lindale, first-grade teacher. “We learn all about the Nile River and its importance to the ancient Egyptians. We also study the everyday life of ancient Egyptians, including their hieroglyphic writing,” she continued. “Students were fascinated with the life of pharaohs. We examine the pharaoh's role in ancient Egypt, as well as the burial customs of the pharaohs. Our unit includes a field trip to the Chrysler Museum to view their collection of Egyptian artifacts.”

After learning the wonders of Egypt, students were excited to end their unit with interactive storytelling.

“I learned there were two types of sarcophagus, one made of stone and one made of wood,” said first-grader Carter McCleish. “I like that mummies can come to life,” he continued. “It took 300,000 years for us to discover them and learn about the pyramids.”

“I saw a lot of pyramids and learned that it took 40 days to wrap mummies,” said Keeley Boone, first-grade student.

For more information about Lynn Ruehlmann, visit her website http://www.cascadingstories.com/about_lynn.htm.