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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Daedalus and the Labyrinth

Today Amy and Perry, Ella's parents, came in to share a wonderful myth and activity with us. Since they are both architects, they immediately thought of Daedalus when they heard of our current theme of Ancient Civilizations. As they put it, Daedalus is thought of as the first architect. Even though we have been concentrating on Ancient China, it was no problem to shift to Greece for the morning.

If you need a review (as I did), Daedalus created the labyrinth on Crete, where he kept the Minotaur. Here's a scary picture from the book, which shows both the minotaur and the labyrinth.


The students were then challenged to find the difference between a maze and a labyrinth. Do you know? Ask your child if you don't!


And then we got to work. Using Wikki Stix and CD cases (ok, not exactly materials found in ancient times...) the children tried their hand at making a labyrinth. What fun! Here are just a couple picture from this morning:






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