Thursday, August 7, 2008

Greeks and the Olympics

In lue of the Olympics starting tomorrow we have decided to do some studying on the subject of the Olympics, Greece and China. We started today by visiting the web site below to find out just how the Olympics got started. From there we visited another site also below which discussed Greek mythology. During our discussions on Zeus and Hercules the boys started talking about the constellations, well we had to get the book out (The Usborne Complete Book of Astronomy & Space) which shows some of the many constellations to see what others matched up with Greek mythology. That led my nine year old to locate a book called The Children's Book of Heroes by William J. Bennett and Greek Myths for Young Children by Marcia Williams. We read two stories out of the first book The Sphinx and The Minotaur. When you have homeschooled as long as we have you tend to gather books on a variety of topics. Of course it helps they have a sister who is 17 and studied these topics before them.

Greek Olympic Games

Learn about the history of the Olympic games

Encylopedia for Greek Gods & Goddesses and more

Alphabetical listing for Greek mythology.

The Sphinx

You can read the story here or older children can read it themselves.

Theseus and the Minotaur

This version is similar to the one we read, interesting to see links for other versions. This site is a great site for history if you have never been here before.

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