Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Homeschooling Update-- Ancient Greece and the Olympics

Here's what we've been up to lately:

Lots of reading about Ancient Greece and the Olympic Games, and listening to the Story of the World: Ancients sections on Ancient Egypt, the Near East and Ancient Greece. Our read alouds were The Sea of Monsters, the second Percy Jackson book, and D'Aulaire's Greek Myths (we're still reading this one). And we visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art twice and saw the amazing Greek, Roman and Egyptian Galleries, each of which is at least one separate post, because I went nuts with the camera and took over 2,000 photos. (Of course, I can't share them all, but I'll be putting some of them up soon...)

Mikro's favorites are D'Aulaire's, Percy Jackson, the Michael Phelps book, and Pegasus.

We've also done Olympic addition (I make up an event, and several players' scores for different rounds, draw a goofy picture and chart the scores, and have him add them up and tell me who gets the gold, silver and bronze medals...)

Mikro drew his favorite events from the ancient olympics (javelin) and the present winter games, which we are enjoying watching together. Surprisingly, he drew ski jumping, rather than curling, which he is obsessed with. (I think that might have had to do with ease of drawing...) and we did some handwriting practice with words about Ancient Egypt (mummy, pyramid, pharoah, etc.) and the Olympics (ski jump, javelin, etc.)

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