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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Ancient Greece Sure Sounds Dirty To Me

The last month we have been covering Ancient Greece and boy has it been interesting. Mythology has always been a huge interest of mine so it was great to explore that with my kids as well. As we worked our way through Ancient Greek Mythology I explained to the kids that what we today call mythology was in fact the religious beliefs at that time. I think this might be one of my favorite topics thus far homeschooling the kids. I love it because it really got there imagination flowing. We pretended to be the Gods/Goddess looking down from Mt. Olympus effecting the nature and the lives of the mere humans. I have come across so many wonderful resources to use while learning about Ancient Greece that I believe you could very well spend a full year and never even put a real dent in the resources available. I have to tell you that while learning about every day life in the Ancient Greek world my daughter continued to crack me up saying things like" Ancient Greece sure sounds dirty to me" and " Oh No, stay far away from the baths." We have spent the month reading countless books, visiting websites, playing games, making Greek Art projects. It has been truly exciting.




Even I have learned a few things along the way, like did you know Ancient Greeks did not call them selves Greeks? They called them selves Hellens. I'm pretty sure we will continue on for another week or so just because they are enjoying the topic so much. I thought I would add some of the books and resources we have used in the hope it will help others.

Books:
Tools of Ancient Greeks
DK Eyewitness Books Ancient Greece
Magic tree house Ancient Greece and the Olympics
Spend the Day in Ancient Greece: Projects and Activities
D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths
Treasury of Greek Mythology
Curious Kids Guides Ancient Greece
Usborne Internet Linked First Encyclopedia of History
Dover's Children Classics Favorite Greek Myths


Websites:

 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/ancient_greeks/

http://www.storynory.com/category/educational-and-entertaining-stories/greek-myths/

http://greece.mrdonn.org/

http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/greeks/

http://www.ducksters.com/history/ancient_greece.php

http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/ancient-greece

http://www.neok12.com/Ancient-Greece.htm


Movies
Link to youtube playlist for Ancient Greece
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLDHKQUBNhrnZXIlWcyQOmWCtwVSWLGv7

Link to youtube playlist for Mythic Warriors a cartoon about Greek Gods
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLDHKQUBNhrlJLSenfe0vVn4p_2yG3iAp

Curriculum
Evan Moor History Pockets Ancient Greece
Ancient Greece from Scholastics
Story of the World Vol 1
Simple Schooling Ancient Greece

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