As a child, I recall going to the library many times and checking out D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths.
I loved the stories and colorful illustrations. I can't tell you how excited I was to see this book on our reading list for this week. I took the kids to Pizza Hut for lunch to use their free pizza coupons from the Pizza Hut Book It! reading program. I read the Greek myths to them while we ate.
In about 800 B.C. the Greek poet Homer wrote, The Iliad and The Odyssey, two classic epics that turned Greek myths into full stories. I was excited to introduce Nicholas to these stories. Tapestry of Grace recommended the following book for the Dialectic level of study so Nicholas has been reading this....
A few of the other books we've read this week include:
For our co-op time, we discussed the many Greek islands and the importance of ships used for travel, trade, and warfare. We followed these directions on making a popsicle stick paddle boat. This project is simple and just uses popsicle sticks, glue, and rubber bands.
Rachel made her boat all by herself completely according to the directions. She wound up the paddle on the rubber band, and placed the boat in the water. The stored energy in the rubber band was released and the boat propelled forward!
His boat moved across the water but he decided that it was being slowed down by its size and weight. Back to the drawing board he went!
Here is boat design number 2. Small, light weight...and very fast! I'm so proud of how he always takes an idea and expands upon it, adding his own twist and ingenuity.
Next he tried an altered version of his original two paddle boat. This time the paddles were in line with each other instead of side by side.
What a fun project this has been! I love that my kids are able to take their time and go deep into fun projects like this. Who knew that this simple history activity would turn into Nicholas testing out his theories on propulsion, energy, buoyancy, friction, etc.
We learned that a labyrinth and a maze are not exactly the same thing. Unlike a maze that has an entrance and an exit, a labyrinth has only an entrance and ends at the center point. A labyrinth also does not have dead ends and tricky turns like a maze.
The kids made their own labyrinths out of cardboard box tops by gluing strips of cardboard as walls.
Nicholas even used a little battery operated mouse toy to run through his labyrinth!