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Cycle 1, Week 4: Ancient Greece resources

30 Sep

I can’t believe that it’s already week 4 of Classical Conversations! Here are some resources for Cycle 1, Week 4.  I have a lot of Ancient Greece resources so I’m going to list them in a separate post from the other Cycle 1, Week 4 resources. Not sure that we’ll read ALL of these, but these were some great finds that I wanted to SHARE. 🙂

Ancient Greece Activities

One of the CC resources that I got from CC Connected recommended focusing on Ancient Greece for Weeks 3 and 4. We are going to finish up some of the Ancient Greece resources that we started last week. You can see additional Ancient Greece resources from my Cycle 1, Week 3 post from last week.

  • Plan your own Family Olympics We created our Family Olympics this summer because of the 2012 Summer Olympics. It was SO FUN and a wonderful, memory-making event! Everyone in the family pitched in and planned it. You can read step-by-step instructions here about how we did so. This would be a great activity to do while studying Ancient Greece, since, after all, they created the first Olympics!

  • Ancient Greece lapbook (FREE!)– Homeschoolshare.com has hundreds of lapbooks, file folder games, etc., and these resources are all FREE! I remembered that they have an Ancient Greece lapbook, which would be fun to use during our Ancient Greece studies.

Ancient Greece kid-friendly literature

  • D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek MythsWe are LOVING this book! It goes more in-depth about the individual Greek gods as well as the myths. The Usborne Greek Myths for Young Childrenthat we used last year was enjoyable with wonderful illustrations, but it did not explain the individual Greek gods. The D’Aulaire book does and also explains the origin of the Greek gods. It’s very well done, and we are enjoying this for our Read-Aloud book, which is our routine to do over lunch. Buy by clicking on the book above for 40% off the book @ Amazon!
  • The Olympians: Great Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece (by Leonard Everett Fisher)–This book must be out of print (after seeing the prices on Amazon!), but it would be a good one to find at your library! We LOVE Leonard Everett Fisher books! We found this one at our library, and it’s EXCELLENT!! If you need a shorter-length read with summaries about the primary Greek gods and goddesses, this book is for you!The summaries are only about a paragraph long, and the illustrations are beautiful!
  • Theseus and the MinotaurYou can check out this book (again!) by Leonard Everett Fisher or this version of the same story (looks like you’ll need to check your library for it! out of print?) by Warwick Hutton. My boys LOVE this story from Ancient Greece; I think they love it because of the Minotaur, a half-man and half-bull creature. I’m so excited…Lego makes a LEGO Minotaurus Game based on this Ancient Greece story!

I just bought it for my boys last week! They’re getting it for Christmas! I can’t wait to meander through the labyrinth with my boys and try to destroy the Minotaur!

We are game fanatics around our home! I love finding games that connect what we’re learning in school with some of their other loves (like Legos!). If you missed last week’s post, you should also check out this VERY educational, math-focused, Ancient Greece-themed game, Zeus on the Loose.

  • The Librarian Who Measured the Earth (by Kathryn Lasky)-Another one that seems to be out of print but would be great to find at your library. This is a biography about a famous Greek man, Eratosthenes who wanted to find out how to measure the earth. He was able to discover a way to do so, and this was almost 2000 years ago when he accomplished it! His measurement was very accurate!


  • You Wouldn’t Want to be a Slave in Ancient Greece (by Fiona McDonald) or You Wouldn’t Want to be a Greek Athlete (by Michael Ford)We love the “You Wouldn’t Want to” historical series! Both of these promise to have great detail about Ancient Greece in a fun, laugh-a-minute way that your kids will love! We found the Ancient Greece slave one at our library.

Have fun exploring Ancient Greece this week! What are your favorite Ancient Greece resources? As always, check out the Cycle 1 Link Up at Half A Hundred Acre Wood for more great Week 4 resources!

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Ancient Greece activity: Plan your own Family Olympics

26 Sep

A few weeks ago, I was looking ahead to future Classical Conversations lessons to prepare for tutoring my FABULOUS class of Abecedarians. I was excited to see Ancient Greece! Since the Ancient Greeks are credited with creating the Olympic games, I immediately thought about one thing that we did this summer. As the tag line of my blog says, this is too good to keep to myself. We planned our own Family Olympics!

For anyone in Classical Conversations looking for a fun activity to do in the weeks surrounding Ancient Greece, a family using a different curriculum that includes Ancient Greece, or…any family for that matter, I would highly recommend planning your own Family Olympics. It took little effort on my part (which I always love!), and if I CAN DO IT, YOU CAN DO IT! I’m the queen of planning and not following through. Not sure why that didn’t happen this time but so thankful it didn’t! This was one of the most memorable things we’ve done together as a family. My boys still talk about it months later! I think son #2 REALLY thinks he was in the Olympics; he’s quick to tell people that he won a gold medal in swimming. (LOVE!!!) Shhh…let’s keep this as our little secret from him, okay?

So, here’s a step-by-step process to plan Family Olympics 2012:
1) Pick your events.
I got GREAT ideas from 2 of my favorite blogs: Money Saving Mom and I Can Teach My Child. I Can Teach My Child has an entire Olympics unit with a lapbook, crafts, Olympic-themed crafts, etc. I got several “event” ideas from them, but we also came up with our own. Here are the events that we did:

  • Short distance foot race
  • Long distance foot race
  • Javelin (We used an old PVC pipe that used to be my son’s bow)
  • Discus (Who needs a REAL discus when you’ve got a FRISBEE?!?!? Or Captain America’s shield?!?!)
  • Archery (We have oodles of bows and arrows around here! My boys drew a target on a piece of cardboard.)
  • Swimming (Look out Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, and Missy Franklin, here come the Mosleys!)
  • Long  jump (inspired by MoneySavingMom’s post.)
  • Hurdles (I Can Teach My Child used swim noodles–brilliant!)

Get creative! If you have different Olympic events that you enjoy, scratch these here and do your own! The sky is the limit!

2) Olympic Medals–a definite MUST!
I made the Baking Soda Olympic Medals mentioned at I Can Teach My Child. She had great pictures and step-by-step instructions that made it less intimidating for me.(Notice how cute and neat hers were! Mine, not so much! So, don’t stress out when making them! They don’t have to be perfect!)

making our Olympic medals

If you make these, I would recommend making them one day, letting them dry overnight and painting the next day. You’ll need another day after painting so that they can dry well. I DO recommend buying the metallic acrylic paint from Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, or other craft store. It made them even more realistic and evident as to the Gold, Silver, Bronze. It’s worth the $0.89 per bottle. I would also buy some clear acrylic paint (another $0.89 well spent!) to coat the medals; it made mine more SHINY! 🙂

If DIY is too much, make them out of construction paper, cardboard (and then painting or coloring them), etc. I almost omitted the medals for the Mosley Olympics 2012. Whoa…that would’ve been a big mistake! The medals were their favorite parts, and I think it made our Olympics feel more real to them. PLUS, the only reason we had the homemade kind was that everyone pitched in and made them together as a family. I didn’t dare try to do it myself.

3) Gather supplies.
We needed few supplies:

  • pvc pipe (javelin)
  • Captain America’s shield (discus)
  • soccer cones (starting and ending points for races and long jump)
  • pool (for swimming events)
  • music (we each picked our own country to represent, and my husband found our respective national anthems on his iPhone via google. What did we do before google?!?!)
  • medals that we previously made
  • camera (you’ll definitely want pictures!)

4) Schedule your Family Olympics 2o12
Pick a morning or afternoon….and compete!  We did our Olympics over 2 weekday evenings. You can even make an Olympic Torch for opening ceremonies.

Son #1 during the Long Jump. I loved that I caught him mid-air!

Son #2 with the Captain America shield  Discus

Son # 3, also mid-air, for the Long Jump.

5) Lessons learned from Mosley Olympics 2012

  • I don’t know WHAT possessed me to do this, but I’m so glad that I did! I fought back tears after our first evening of competition! The smiles, utter happiness, and joy that exuded from my boys literally moved me to tears! It was a beautiful, memorable ‘family bonding’ experience. Loved, loved, loved it! Every minute of planning and sweat that went into it (on my part) was totally worth it! Again, I’m no crafty mom, so if I can do it, you can too!
  • The Mosley Olympics TRULY were a family affair. The boys helped me make the medals. The 5 of us together planned the events, decided how we would accomplish them, gathered the necessary supplies. Make the planning and carrying out of YOUR Family Olympics a family project. If you, Mom, have to do it all by yourself, it WILL get overwhelming, and you won’t finish it. This is probably the only reason we carried out the plan–because I didn’t do all of it by myself!
  • We will be doing this again in 2016, and hopefully 2020, 2024 and beyond!

Enjoy! If your family does its own Olympics, I’d love for you to come back and post a link to your blog. I’d love to see your Family Olympics 2012!

This smile says it all!

Cycle 1, Week 3 Resources

23 Sep

Here are some great resources for Cycle 1, Week 3.

History Statement: Greek and Roman gods
We studies Greek gods last year with Sonlight. My boys LOVED it! They’re excited about more study this year! We used the Usborne Greek Myths for Young Children last year with Sonlight, and it was enjoyable! Wonderful illustrations!

We’re going to read more Greek myths this year with D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths. (40% off right now at Amazon!) I’ve heard great things about this book! We’re read the first chapter already. I like that it gives the origin of the Greek gods, which goes back to the Titans. Since we live outside of Nashville, we LOVE the Titans around here!

AND…I’m sure that we’ll watch Hercules this week! My oldest son got it for his birthday this summer! My boys LOVE IT! Wahoo! It’s 40% off at Amazon right now too!

I’m REALLY excited that our CC Community is taking a field trip to the Parthenon in a couple of weeks! If you live in the surrounding Nashville area (or even if you don’t!), I highly recommend visiting the Parthenon in Nashville! It’s an exact replica of the original Parthenon. The Athena statue inside is AMAZING and was a wonderful ‘hands on’ experience for my boys when we studied the Greeks last year. They do have field trips for homeschoolers; the entry is FREE if your school meets in Davidson County! We had an AMAZING tour guide last year. I was so excited…everything that we had studied and that I had taught the boys SHE said as well. 🙂 Whew! Always relieved to know that I’m teaching my boys correctly!

At the Parthenon, we bought this GREAT game in the gift shop. It’s called Zeus on the Loose. It’s a FUN educational game! The children are given cards with numbers on them, as well as some god and goddess cards. It basically teaches MATH in a fun way! The players have to add the number cards together at each turn to reach 100 and win Zeus (a cute little yellow figurine that my boys like to fight over!)

Bible and Geography
And Here We Go (love this blog!! great CC resources!) has great resources connecting the History Statement, Timeline flashcards and Geography with Scripture! LOVE it! I’m excited to read these Scripture passages with my boys this week to show them some encounters that Paul has with Greek gods, which were worshiped during the time period when he lived.
And Here We Go! - Our Homeschooling Adventures

We’ll probably keep reading Story of the World, too! Go here to see the chapters matched up with the History Statement and Geography. My boys love SOTW. 🙂

Math
My boys LOVED the Skipping Counting mazes from Confessions of a Homeschooler. We’re DEFINITELY doing them again this week! They asked for MORE MAZES after finishing the 3s and 4s for last week. I told them that we had not learned the 5s and 6s yet, so they’d have to wait until next week! ha!

Latin
Here’s a gift for ya! I used the pictures from file I found on CC Connected to make Tracing Pages for the Latin 1st Declension endings. I love the pictures, which help me with pronunciation. I’m giong to use these in class tomorrow. The children will have the page in a pocket protector and trace the endings with a dry erase marker while we sing the fabulous song on the CC cd. You can download the pages here: C 1.W3 & 4.Latin endings

Crafts
I wish I was a craftier mom! I’m just not, but I’m really trying this year! We ran out of time last week to mummify an apple since we went out of town last week (lest you think I have it all together and that I do everything perfectly all the time!). We will probably do that this week. There are some other great crafts for this week’s Memory Work. We’ll see if we can maybe do one of these.
*Animal Cell-There are GOBS of creative crafts with the animal cell. Pinterest will be your best friend here. Or, here are several different ideas in one spot.
*Paper Mache Mount OlympusThis looks AMAZING but very messy! I hope I’ll be brave enough to try it because I know my boys would LOVE IT!!

Hope that everyone has a great WEEK 3! What fun things will you be doing or reading this week? I’m a part of the CC Weekly Link Up at Halfahundredacrewood.com Click below to get our Cycle 1, Week 3 ideas. 🙂

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