Making an Impression

Sargon the Great.  Sargon of Akkad.  The first military dictator. Ruler of the Akkadian Empire.

These are all titles or descriptions of the man we have been studying for the last week or so.  Our family uses Story of the World for our history curriculum.  I supplement it with history from the bible that surrounds the time period we are studying.  While going over some of the details of his reign, I was so excited to find out this was the time in history in which Daniel and his three amigos lived.  I was able to pull out timelines and notes from the Precept Upon Precept (PUP) study I did last year to support some of the events we were talking about. It’s thrilling to me when history lessons support and prove God’s prophesy to be true.

We studied Sargon’s birth and infancy, his childhood, how he became king, events of his reign, how he was overthrown and his family tree.   One thing I can say for sure is I am very thankful that I am living now, in the United States and not anywhere close to when he was alive.  Up to this point, rulers ruled their homeland until they died or were killed by someone wanting to take over the thrown.  Certainly this was true during this time as well, except the area of reign was more vast than before once Sargon came onto the scene.  He is noted as the first king to have a military dictatorship where he would conquer an area, move on to conquer another area and leave “troops” to enforce his law without him being there.  He is also noted as the first ruler to pay his army for their service.  Money talks so this made them far more faithful to him and his law than they would be if they were volunteers.

We didn’t exclusively study him and his reign.  We also took a peek at daily life of the area and time.  At this time, scribes were used by the king to make clay tablets written with cuneiforms for means of communication.  If a person needed to “sign” a document (tablet), he would have to press his seal into the clay to represent his signature.  It is my understanding that commoners didn’t know how to write nor were they allowed to learn.  These seals would have been used to people of royalty.  Each person’s seal was completely unique from others so there would be no confusion as to who had signed the tablet.  Typically they were made in such a way that they could be worn on the person.  This was both for security of the signature (much like a key to a door) and so they would always have it on them when needed. We ran with this aspect of life and spent time today creating our own personalized seals out of clay.

We used Michael's Craft Store store brand polymer clay for our project.

We used Michael’s Craft Store store brand polymer clay for our project.

Jackson used red polymer clay while Gage used orange.  I made one, too, from Gage’s leftovers. Gage Softening His Clay Polymer clay is very hard when it comes from the package so the boys had to roll the clay in their hands to heat it up and make it more moldable.  Once they did that, they decided on the size and shape of their seal.

In the time surrounding 553BC, most people couldn't write for themselves.  If they wanted to sign a document (or clay tablet) they had to press their seal into the clay.  If they didn't have their seal on them, they couldn't sign.  Therefore each seal was usually made in a way that it could be worn by the owner.

In the time surrounding 553BC, most people couldn’t write for themselves. If they wanted to sign a document (or clay tablet) they had to press their seal into the clay. If they didn’t have their seal on them, they couldn’t sign. Therefore each seal was usually made in a way that it could be worn by the owner.

He is making his seal in a pendant form to be worn on a rope or string.

He is making his seal in a pendant form to be worn on a rope or string.

Once they got the shape of their seal decided and made, they were able to think about the design they wanted.  I encouraged them to think about what they like to do, places they like to go, the family they are a part of, their name, etc etc. Jackson's Seal Creation 2

Jackson chose to put a cross in his design to show he's a Christian, a "J" to show his first initial, and decorations on the edges to give interest.

Jackson chose to put a cross in his design to show he’s a Christian, a “J” to show his first initial, and decorations on the edges to give interest.

Gage was more interested in making a random design.  Interestingly enough, I think it describes him fairly well.  He is one to follow the rules, he is a follower by nature.  For him to have straight lines that go from point A to point B, I think that’s appropriate.

Here you can see the hole Gage made so he can wear it as a pendant.

Here you can see the hole Gage made so he can wear it as a pendant.

Gage chose to go with a geometric kind of design.

Gage chose to go with a geometric kind of design.

Just for giggles, here’s mine:

I thought this design described me.  I love to run and be outside!

I thought this design described me. I love to run and be outside!

I decided to make it into a ring.

I decided to make it into a ring.

Once we were all finished creating our masterpieces, we popped them in the oven to cure.

The package said to bake them at 275 degrees for 10-15 minutes.  Here goes nothing!

The package said to bake them at 275 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Here goes nothing!

Once they came out of the oven, we found yarn for the boys to put through the holes of their seals…

They both said this was the hardest part of the project.  They made the holes a little small.

They both said this was the hardest part of the project. They made the holes a little small.

and then we tried them out!

Jackson’s:

He really did have fun.  Don't let his overly excited face fool you!

He really did have fun. Don’t let his overly excited face fool you!

Jackson's impression attempt.

Jackson’s impression attempt.

Jackson was a little discouraged because he forgot to make the "J" backward so that it would show up correctly.  I think it looks great though.  The cross shines through really clearly!

Jackson was a little discouraged because he forgot to make the “J” backward so that it would show up correctly. I think it looks great though. The cross shines through really clearly!

Gage’s:

He is very proud of his work.

He is very proud of his work.

I had told him my camera battery was almost dead so he pressed it while it was still on his neck. :)

I had told him my camera battery was almost dead so he pressed it while it was still on his neck. 🙂

It looks pretty good!

It looks pretty good!

Mom’s:

I love how it turned out.  Do you like my big 'ol wedding ring?

I love how it turned out.

Do you like my big blinging wedding ring?  My wedding ring has a broken prong so I don’t want to wear it right now for fear of losing another diamond (yes another one).  On my husband and my date last night we stopped at Michael’s Craft Store to pick up the clay for this project and I picked out a huge blingy crazy ring to wear while mine is being fixed!  Ha! Pressing Mom's Seal Mom's Signature Have you ever done a project like this?  Which history curriculum do your kids learn from? Cheers, Andrea

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