It started when I began to play a new game on my tablet that involved Greek gods and heroes. As The Monk sat in my lap and watched me play, the barrage of questions began: "Who's that?" "Why is he carrying a lightening bolt?" "Why does the dog have three heads?" "Does she REALLY have snakes for hair?" So, me being me, I tried to answer these questions as best I could based on the knowledge that I have stored in my head. But the questions got harder and the answers became a bit more complicated, so I finally turned to the boy and asked if he wanted to study Greek Myths. YES! was the resounding answer.
We hit the library, combed the shelves, and I surfed the internet for hours looking for plans that would be interesting, entertaining, and hands-on enough to keep The Monk entertained (because woe be the person who has lost his interest!). I had to make sure that it was intriguing enough as to not lose his attention (once he loses interest in a subject, trying to get him back to it is worse than trying to get a horse to drink!) and hand-ons enough that there were things to keep his little active mind going. I think I found just the right one here (no, I'm not being paid to endorse this - I wish! It's just a really nice unit and goes with all the books that we checked out from the library). To supplement (just because I like to make sure that I have more than enough resources, rather too little of things), I also found these pages to go along with everything as well. I also think that since most of the stories are full of war, fighting, monsters, and heroes, there will be plenty that will keep the boy interested. He's 7, he loves that kind of stuff.
I'm really pretty excited about this unit, but it also means that we will be putting another subject on hold: science. Yes. I am putting science on hold until AFTER we finish this unit on Greek Myths. Why? you ask...well, our next unit in our textbook is Matter and Motion. Since The Monk is a hands-on learner, this means a LOT of labs and experiments and what-have-yous. Now, I'm good, but I'm not so good as to be able to clean up our mess from our interactive Greek Myths unit, set-up and clean up a science experiment, as well as my regular chores of SAHM busy-ness. So...no science, at least not now. Dinosaurs was really science heavy, so a break will be nice.
I will do my best to keep up with my blog so that I can share all the coolness of Greek Myths. I think that it's going to be a lot of fun. Fingers crossed everyone!