Get Her to the Greek

Well, I can't speak for the monkeys, but I thoroughly enjoyed our little saunter down Greek lane. If nothing else we have a greater understanding of Greek mythology, culture, and war heroes. And we can spell our names in Greek. Bonus.

In a previous blogpost I mentioned, instead of a lapbook, we decided to try out the History Pockets. So here's how ours ended up looking. We did the history pocket on Ancient Greece, for grades 4-6. It was definitely a group project, but well worth the effort - and they now have a colorful study guide to use for years to come. Here are some of the topics included in the History Pocket.

Sports and Entertainment

Athens vs Sparta

Language and Literature. I thought this section could use a bit more info so we downloaded some printables off various homeschool websites about Homer, The Iliad, and the Odyssey (on the left side) and included them in our pocket book.

Religion and Mythology. Arguably the most funnest section. My girls loved learning about Greek gods and heroes; myths and legends. We listened to stories on CD in the car, read numerous books out loud and created this nifty little guidebook...ya know, lest we forget what Hermes winged sandals look like.

but, now that we're studying ancient Rome, I need to have them do a comparison sheet between the Greek gods and the Roman gods (since those pesky Romans changed all their names...grrrrr). Just when you think Zeus is king, you realize, no, actually it's Jupiter. Sorry, kids.

Work and School. This section included a craft idea for making Spartan coins...rather large Spartan coins...which I'm sure will buy us alot of gum.

Military Power. Wars wars wars...if only they had cable TV.

and Government...

In the Art & Architecture section we were inspired to paint frescoes. We chose the dolphin scene suggested in the book. The girls painted their fresco scene with watercolors. They also made mosaic tile patterns (not pictured), made a 3D pop-up of the Parthenon, and recreated a Greek vase drawing.

We'll definitely do more history pockets. I don't think we'll do one for ancient Rome, and they don't seem to have anything for the middle ages (where we're headed next in our history studies, ya know, after summer), but we'll definitely do one of the colonial America pockets when we get to that point. I kinda regret not doing one for ancient Egypt. But not to worry...we repeat our history semesters every 4 years, so we'll be revisiting Egypt again at grades 5 and 8. Wheeeeeeee!

I also picked up a Greek activity book from the library that had some short but sweet information in it, including a number of craft projects. One in particular I thought the girls would like (and didn't require a special trip to the craft store) was creating a medusa head out of construction paper. 

So we did.

She's quite the snake-head, ain't she?

Just don't look directly into her eyes, ye mortals...

off to Rome we go...

1 comment:

  1. This looks like lots of fun. We just finished reading the Percy Jackson series and my kids are really into Greek Mythology. I'll have to check out the History Pockets and your book list. I just love the Medusa heads!