Ancient Greece: our favorites

 

A short running race for those with short legs

We’ve had a fun time studying Ancient Greece this semester! Here are some of our favorite resources. Check out my e-store for the full selection.

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

Oxford First Ancient History-this one’s out of print and difficult to find, but we really liked it. A “spine”  from Simply Charlotte Mason’s study of Joshua through Malachi and Ancient Greece

Famous Men of Greece

Eyewitness Ancient Greece

Growing up in Ancient Greece

PICTURE BOOKS

In Search of Ancient Crete

In Search of Troy

Black Ships Before Troy

The Wanderings of Odysseus

Adventures in Ancient Greece

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth

Unwitting Wisdom: An Anthology of Aesop’s Fables

Theras and his Town

D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths

The Wanderings of Odysseus

DVD/VIDEOS

The Secrets of the Parthenon— A Nova video. Very well done, especially good to see before our trip to Nashville’s Parthenon. This is in Nashville Public Library’s system and Netflix.

The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization–A Three part PBS documentary narrated by Liam Neeson. I watched this with my 7th grade daughter. It gave an excellent history of the invention of democracy, the Golden Age of Greece, and the Peloponnesian War, each focusing on the biography of a major player. It really helped solidify and bring together all the details we’d been learning about over several weeks. This series is also in the NPL system, but we watched it instantly on Netflix.

Rick Steves: Greece and Turkey I know he’s not from Ancient Greece, but my entire family loves “traveling” with Rick. He takes you not only to see the sights, but to meet the real people of the country. Once again, both NPL and Netflix.

NOTEBOOKING AND HANDS ON ACTIVITIES

History Pockets: Ancient Civilizations

Hands and Hearts Ancient Greece and Rome Kit you just can’t beat these kits-notebooking, copywork, and fun activities with all the supplies

Learning Through History Magazine: The Greeks

Color and Learn Ancient Greece a great coloring book series. Pick this up with your Hands and Hearts kit–it’s on sale!

BIBLICAL HISTORY BOOKS OCCURING DURING THE RISE AND FALL OF GREECE

Hittite Warrior —set in the time of Sisera and Barak; middle school daughter read on her own

Within the Palace Gates  –set in 550 BC with Nehemiah; middle school daughter read on her own

God King –set in 710 BC and the time of Hezekiah; middle school daughter read on her own

WEBSITES

The British Museum’s Greek site

History for Kids Greek page


FAMILY OLYMPICS-we had a small Olympics, with a chariot race (wheelbarrow),  short running race, a longer race, “javelin” throwing (long sticks from our garden that was never put away last fall), discus (Frisbee), bow and arrow, long jump, short jump (for people with short legs) and wrestling Daddy. Afterward we had pitas, grapes, cheese and grilled fish for dinner, with grape juice and baklava. I know baklava probably wasn’t around, but hey give me a break!


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