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Mythology for young children...

Posted by on Nov. 20, 2011 at 5:42 AM
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Anyone have links or nudges to go for home-school activites centered around Mythology? We are reading from Aliki's Greek Gods and Goddesses book (<it is awesome, simple enough for my preschooler) and I'd like to touch on some other ancient mythology branching off from that or find more things to do with what we have.

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mem82
by Platinum Member on Nov. 20, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Sounds fun. I don't know of any resources off the top of my head but I'll think about it.

SusanTheWriter
by Bronze Member on Nov. 20, 2011 at 10:44 AM
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D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths

D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths

Both great resources for quick looks at the different mythologies.

usmom3
by BJ on Nov. 20, 2011 at 1:33 PM

 I love Mythology just be careful because there is a lot of difference between what you want for a little kid & what you get for high school or collage ages (the Gods of Mythology where complicated to say the least)

astgmom4life
by on Nov. 20, 2011 at 10:41 PM
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Don't know if you have any kids of reading age but my boys just finished the Percy Jackson novels.  Very cool and very sneeky way of teaching alot of mythology.  The authors whole intension was teaching mythology in a way that could relate to kids (esp. pre teens)  Don't watch the movie though, we did and my son and I were furious at the way they butchered the book and didn't even get the mythology strait. 

usmom3
by BJ on Nov. 21, 2011 at 9:39 AM

 My 18 y/o son loves those books & he too hated the movie. I loved the books to & was upset by the movie being done that way but I was not surprised that they destroyed it.

Quoting astgmom4life:

Don't know if you have any kids of reading age but my boys just finished the Percy Jackson novels.  Very cool and very sneeky way of teaching alot of mythology.  The authors whole intension was teaching mythology in a way that could relate to kids (esp. pre teens)  Don't watch the movie though, we did and my son and I were furious at the way they butchered the book and didn't even get the mythology strait. 

 

SusanTheWriter
by Bronze Member on Nov. 21, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Percy Jackson is a great series, but I wouldn't really pull a lot of mythology from it. I was the geek reading Bulfinch's Mythology in middle school and I only waited that long because I'd never heard of the book before then. Still, it's been a great jumping-off point for DS, who now asks a lot of random questions about myths from all different cultures. Me? I'm a Joseph Campbell fan these days. :)

oredeb
by debbie on Nov. 21, 2011 at 11:10 AM
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 maybe you could use info here and bring it down to prerschool level

http://www.easyfunschool.com/article1805.html

http://www.webenglishteacher.com/classmyth.html

http://www.squidoo.com/greek-classics-for-children

there might be some stuff here about it   http://homeschoolshare.com/

EaiB
by on Nov. 21, 2011 at 3:36 PM

My husband actually got into the Percy Jackson series (loved the book, the move sucked) after I told him about some students at a school I subbed at reading it as a collective book. It is a great story, but my daughter is only fixing to be 5, I wonder if she would like it. I've only read a few chapter books to her, mostly stuff she has seen a film of like Pokemon or Coraline. lol. That is certainly a great series though! Thank you guys so much for all the great info. I love this group.

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gingergarcia
by on Nov. 21, 2011 at 8:35 PM
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You could try http://www.homersodessey.com/  or get the book because it is really good.  Some stores sale it based on age appropriateness.  Then you could study about Hercules, or Athena, or Ulysses!  Maybe let them watch homers odyssey, or watch Percy Jackson and the lightning thief the movie.

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