Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Greek Mythology

We've spent the past few weeks learning about Ancient Greece which included their mythological gods. We enjoyed the book Greek Myths by d'Aulaire, which gave a great overview of who was who. We had a lot of giggles over some of the stories & some plain old, "Say what.." type moments too.

Then we moved on to the Trojan War with the book Black Ships Before Troy, it was really nice to have the knowledge or at least some information, about the greek myths & gods prior to reading the story. 

This weekend while looking for a notebooking page on the Trojan War, I didn't find one so made one instead, I stumbled upon some kids videos about this very war. We watched a Horrible Histories version which was probably the funniest, but also not the best. The made Helen Of The Fair Cheeks out to be a bit of a nutter & not how we imagined her being portrayed via the impression we gained in Black Ships.

We watched another version which was a bit less insane, all though in order to be a quick & short cartoon it needed skipped a lot of detail out. Still, it captured the gist of the story in the 2 minutes it worked with. It was probably my favourite to be honest.

Phineas & Ferb also have a Trojan War show which is, of course, gets the point across in style complete with a song & dance routine. We watched this one prior to reading anything about the Trojan War just to give the boys an idea of what we'd be studying. It worked well because it peeked their curiosity to know more.

We also spotted this fun online version of learning about Greece, greek mythology, & more. I loved that you could see the actual locations of where certain legends supposedly happened. The website is well done & has a lot to explore, plus the music/sound isn't half bad compared to most!

But our real treasure trove was when we spotted a children's show called Mythical Warriors this weekend. We spotted 13 episodes that are 22 minutes long each. Each episode tells about one of the mythical warriors & some of the stories associated with them. It was an interesting way to round our studies on Ancient Greece.

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