Mayan Unit Study
19 pages, downloadable e-book – $7.00
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By Michael Leppert
The Mayans were, by our Western standards, one of the most advanced native peoples that ever lived. We hear of the Egyptians and their building skills and advanced culture, but until recently, seldom have we heard of the Mayans in this light. They were a fascinating and mysterious people who achieved far more in the realms of math and science than the Egyptians — and were expert builders in their own right. One Mayan structure, The Pyramid of the Sun, has a base as large as the Great Pyramid of Giza!
The ancient Mayans lived in the Yucatan Peninsula area of what is now Mexico and southward to the Central American countries of Guatemala, British Honduras, and portions of Honduras and El Salvador. Their kingdom’s first period lasted from 1000 B.C. to 900 A.D. This period was lived in the tropical rain forests of the area and included building large pyramids and well-planned communities with other structures where the people lived and worked. These cities were mysteriously abandoned and the Mayans moved north into what is now Mexico and mingled with the Native Peoples there for second Mayan period, which lasted from 900 A.D. to 1500 A.D., when the Spanish defeated them.
This unit study, by veteran educator Kathryn Stout, is a wonderful addition to any homeschooling curriculum. It offers information and further study for the subjects of Western Hemisphere geography, history, math, science, farming and the Mayans’ very organized culture that included apprentice programs, where applicable. Ms. Stout provides you with the basic information on the Mayans and then offers resource information to expand on what the 19-page book provides. There is a great deal of interest in the Mayans of late, due to their apparent prediction of the end of time in December of 2012.
Of course, in a more concrete vein, the Mayans were the first peoples to develop the mathematical concept of zero and they used number bases other than ten. Couple this skill in math with their architectural abilities and astronomical talents and you have a perfect core study that will pique your child’s interests in both math and numerous sciences.
Please visit the Design a Study website for complete information on downloading the e-book or receiving the hard copy version of the Mayan Unit Study. MjL