The study of ancient history can be fascinating. Not only is it fun to see how people lived so long ago, it is interesting to see how their beliefs and culture impact our lives today. Greek myths are something that my boys and I have loved to explore in the past. My soon to be 8th-grade son was thrilled to revisit them using the D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths from Memoria Press.
About D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths from Memoria Press
Memoria Press walks your student through the colorful book, D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths, in the course of 30 lessons put together with classical education in mind. This book presents the familiar (and sometimes less familiar) stories which have captivated minds for thousands of years. These myths might no longer form the basis of religious belief in our society. However, they are found throughout Western art and literature as well as being referenced in modern society.
The study set from Memoria Press is written with students in grades 3 to 6 in mind. However, you can easily adapt the study for a child who is a little older than this which is what we have been doing.
The full set includes:
- D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
- D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths Student Guide
- D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths Teacher Guide
- D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths Flashcards
The copy of D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths included in the set is a softcover edition. Truly, the layout of the text with gorgeous illustrations helps to make it a book people want to read.
Within the student guide, your child will find sections like important facts to know, vocabulary, comprehension questions, as well as a picture review and activities. The flashcards help them with memorizing key facts in a more hands-on manner than just reading from the page. Finally, the teacher guide provides the answers for each section of the student guide with some being the ‘correct’ answer and others being suggested ones.
Our Thoughts on D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths from Memoria Press
This is not the first set of materials we’ve reviewed from Memoria Press (including Latina Christiana and The Book of Ancient Romans.) After you’ve used a few, even the kids will recognize the format as it stays the same across the different curriculum options. My son who just finished The Hobbit study from their Seventh Grade literature program commented that it looked just like that study. Which is DOES! While I love variety, there is some comfort in a framework where you know what to expect and how to use it with your child.
As mentioned, the D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths is colorful with the tales presented in a manner which draws the reader in and has them wanting to read more. My boys have loved to read this book in the past just for fun. However, reading the text for fun and working through a program like this one are 2 totally different approaches to learning.
The son using the study for the review is finishing 7th grade. Given that the suggested grade level is just below him, I set the expectation of his pace being a little quicker than if he was younger. Having said that, some people may find that the material and expected work is on the advanced side for the target audience. (This is something I have seen in other Memoria Press programs. However, I fall into the camp of setting the bar high so your student can wow you.)
Have you studied Greek Myths in your homeschool?
Is a classical education approach something which appeals to you?
Don’t just take my word for how we found this to be. Visit the Memoria Press Logic, Greek Myths & Astronomy Review post on the Schoolhouse Review Crew website to see what other homeschooling parents thought about this and other self-paced courses.