I always enjoy being able to share reviews with you from Memoria Press! This time I get to share with you about their D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths study along with the student workbook, teachers manual, and flashcards!
Through homeschool circles and my website, I have heard many homeschoolers are hesitant to teach their kids about Greek Myths. There was a point in time where I was torn on this subject. On one hand, it’s a myth and portrays people groups worshipping a different god for water, wind, trees, the sun, moon, stars and even war, which is not what God teaches nor do we teach. On the other hand, it’s also part of history and introduces my kids to many historical writings and philosophers. I talked it over with my husband many years ago and, although he’s not an avid reader like I am, he enjoys the works of Homer and Plato and other historical writings of the times. He grew up reading great writings and getting wrapped up in the stories. It also helped him develop his creativity, but also more strength in defending his faith believe it or not. So, we decided years ago to introduce our kids to Greek Myth.
There are many reasons why Christian parents who homeschool their children are hesitant to teach Greek Myths. Firstly, the talk of false gods. Secondly, they’re myths. I understand the hesitation because I hesitated for those same reasons. That is why I am so thrilled with Memoria Press!
My oldest became interested in learning more about Greek Myths. He found some books in the school room and started reading them and immediately became captivated in the stories. As luck would have it, I was chosen for this review around the same time. When I told him about the review, he could barely contain his excitement!
We didn’t come to this decision to teach my oldest about Greek Myth to our kids lightly. However, this is the same kid who stood up to adults when they told him Santa Claus was real; the same kid who shared the love of Christ to his great-grandmother and grandpa; the same kid who placed State Winner Superior in the Tennessee Bible Drill competition; the same kid who has memorized over hundreds Bible scriptures.
One of the things I have always enjoyed from Memoria Press is their ability to create a study that is easy to follow, easy to teach and teaches from a Biblical perspective. This company doesn’t disappoint in this study, neither. Memoria Press follows their standard in teaching from a Biblical perspective while exposing children to Greek Myths.
So what is this study?
It is a detailed study on Greek Myths. Memoria Press makes it super easy to teach, even if you have no knowledge of Greek Myths yourself. It truly is an ideal study for beginners regardless of age. In fact, I used this study with all three of my kids, aged 7, 9, and 12. Besides, Greek Myths are all over the spectrum in Western Art and Literature. We tend to balance between classic and Charlotte Mason in our learning. This program was a great fit for us and all parents who want to ensure their kids learn from a classical perspective. The teacher’s guide helps you to teach your kids about Greek Myths, yet keep the focus on Christ. Included in the program:
- 110 Drill Questions
- Research with comparison
In the D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Mythology I was mesmerized by the beautiful illustrations! They sucked my kids in and captivated them. Teaching Greek Mythology has also helped to fuel the imagination with my kids. I have a great appreciation for anything Memoria Press publishes and this study is no different. The flash cards help kids with memorization and keeps them interested. Memoria Press has such a unique ability in taking a difficult study and present it in a way that has your child compare Greek Mythology with Biblical Theology while keeping Christ as the center. I truly enjoyed this study, er, I mean my kids truly enjoyed this study. When I studied Greek Mythology in school, I really didn’t enjoy it much. However, this time it was presented in a new light and I think I enjoyed it as much as my kids did. As an added bonus, I loved turning this into a Bible study as well!
How did we use this?
My younger two enjoy listening to stories and I wanted to see how they did with this study. We sat around and read the story together as a group. My oldest did the workbook, memorizing, and other more difficult work. However, I did include my younger ones in the Biblical discussion, too. They are pretty advanced in theology, so I thought this would be a good challenge for them. They really enjoyed it and had no issues grasping the comparisons from the Greek Myth to a relatable story from the Bible.
All of us enjoyed this study! This is a great way to teach about a particular subject while on a budget, too!
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