Saturday, March 6, 2010

Homeschool Update

Lots more reading going on at our house about Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece:

This last Egyptian myths book is really for much older students, but we made good use of the glossary of the gods, and I read a good bit of it aloud to Mikro, editing out some of the drier or more mature sections.

I'm going to be pulling in some history of math and science topics for these two civilizations, as well as continuing on with the mythology readings, which Mikro is completely and utterly obsessed with. We finished D'Aulaire's Greek Myths, and he really didn't like having to give it back to the library. (He doesn't know that he's getting his own copy, along with D'Aulaire's Norse Myths and Book of Trolls, for his birthday next month...) He's loving our current read aloud: Black Ships Before Troy, which is a YA version of the Iliad. After reading What's Your Angle, Pythagorus?, we did a bit of triangle geometry and made a knotted rope like the one the egyptian builder shows young Pythagorus. We've also done some more Olympic math, at Mikro's request. Oh, and for a bit of fun, we saw Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief at the movies. Mikro was very quick to point out all the differences between the book and the film. I think we all agree that we liked the book better, especially since the movie eliminates the Big Bad, and Luke's teen angst just doesn't make for as satisfying a villain as creepy ancient evil, but the movie is fun and we enjoyed some of the liberties they took.

We revisited our Native American theme, and will be reading lots more Native American legends soon. Mikro had great fun learning some indian sign language, and is interested in trying out some of the native american and colonial recipes we looked at (many are gluten and dairy free, or easily adapted to remove the offending ingredients, so my food allergy boy can actually partake!)

No comments: