Thursday, May 13, 2010

MYTHS and DEITIES (MayTerm day 8)

(Welcome to my Litany of May Term Mythology Class.)

I had Ki look up those 2 words in the title and write down the definition. He could talk around the words and get to a long-winded explanation, but I wanted him to have concise definitions for those words. I let him write down the shortest definitions, but we read and discussed the longer, more detailed, definitions.

We read about the story of Eros and Psyche. Part of the mythology study is to see how some words & nomenclature of today are based in Graeco-Roman Mythology. So we talked about the character Psyche and the term psyche, psychology, etc

Also, in this study I like to point out parallels. In the story of Eros and Psyche, Venus basically locks up Psyche giving her the impossible task of sorting grain overnight. An ant feels sorry for her and does it for her, similar to the story of Rumplestilskin. A “monarch/deity” (Venus and the king in the Rumplestilskin story) gives an impossible overnight task (sorting all the different types of grain from a large container/spinning straw into gold) and a being feels sorry for them and helps (the ant/ Rumplestilskin)

I try to break up Ki’s Mythology into the ‘seat work’ (reading/writing/notes) and an activity (Making a craft, lapbook, Legos, etc). Ki had finished his mythological gods VS The True God of the Bible booklets and a Creation Myth/Biblical Account Venn Circles, so today he attached them to his lapbook. His booklets are index cards folded in half (like a book). On the outside is picture of the symbol for which Graeco-Roman god is he doing. When opened, you see on the left hand the name of the G.R. god and a short description. On the right he writes God and puts Bible verses that tell how our God has all those attributes of all the GR gods combined, etc.

Like for Jupiter (Zeus). He has a picture of lighting bolt on the outside. On the inside left is says:

Jupiter

The god of all the gods.

On the right hand side it says:

God

Deuteronomy 10:17

For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God

He did this for 5 of the Graeco-Roman gods and might add a few more later.

His VENN CIRCLES are 3 circles cut of cardstock: One for the Biblical Account of Creation, one for the Roman myth about creation, and one for similarities in the 2.

The Bible on is on Yellow cardstock, the Myth on Red and the Similarities on orange. (he has a smaller white circle on the colored ones to write on.)

He has a 4th circle that is the cover circle. He put holes in each and put them on a loop. He made a pocked for his lapbook to hold his Venn Circles.

Also today for Graeco-Roman Mythology, Ki made rosewater for one of the recipes he is making for us tomorrow. He founds some ancient Roman recipes online to use.

I have taken up enough of your time, so I won’t go into details about Astronomy, Sketchers 101, or other activities of the day. Thanks you for sticking with me till the end of this litany.

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