We have begun our Ancient Mythologies block. It is a fascinating block which follows the history of human consciousness through ancient myths. The history and stories are so rich that it is easy to get bogged down in this block! Donna Simmons of Christopherus does an excellent job in her book, Ancient Mythology, in paring down the information to cover the important elements in a short amount of time. Her layout calls for a 6 week block covering Ancient India, Persia, Babylon, and Egypt. We’ll see if we can do it!
I am reading a lot from Charles Kovacs book, Ancient Mythologies.
Here are our lesson book pages so far. First, India:
And next is Persia:
Mom’s drawing of Zarathustra. The ‘hashed’ pencil drawings can take a while to complete, so we generally do them a bit small. These pictures of Zarathustra are about 5” x 7”. I learned this technique from the wonderful Sigi De Francesca. Live Ed’s curriculum also discusses the technique and has many examples beginning in 3rd grade, I believe. This drawing was inspired by a drawing in Live Ed’s Grade 5 curriculum.