Wednesday, December 3, 2008
December's Theme - World Mythology
December is such a short, busy month – full of days of beautiful new snow, extension block classes, and sharing of important family traditions and food. However, we also have a new theme to explore – and it is good one! December is also “mythology month”. In the 2/3 class, we’ve already heard the story of Perseus and Medusa, and will share several more greek myths tomorrow and Friday.
On Friday (December 5), I will be taking the class to the Malletts Creek branch of the Ann Arbor library, where I have several books and DVD on hold for us. We will also explore the library and find out where any other mythology books may be hiding. During the afternoon, we will be watching Jim Henson’s The Storyteller DVD/Greek Myths. The DVD explores in a very age-appropriate way some of the same myths we will read this week – Perseus and Medusa, Icarus and Daedalus, Theseus and the Minotaur and Orpheus and Euridyce.
In the next couple of weeks, we will read and explore other myths from other parts of the world, in order to compare and contrast. Creation myths will be a particular focus. The children will create their own mythological creatures and perhaps be inspired to write a creation or hero myth of their own.