When we started out with our unschooling journey, we felt a little like knights in shining armor freeing ourselves from our own self-imposed shackles. Hence the name of the blog.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Its not Greek to me anymore

Greek Mythology was not really on my radar... i get names of famous Romans and Greek historic figures mixed up usually.  But all that changed recently.   Raghu knew bits of Greek mythology due to Asterix and Obelix and some gaming characters.  Idania, a local homeschooling mom, offered to do a 5 week unit on Greek Mythology with the local homeschooled kids.  I did not think we'd last till week 2. Besides Raghu does not like to sit and do stuff in ways that mimic class/school settings. So doing craft/coloring/making different greek gods from toilet rolls and then talking about it all with him seemed daunting to me.

Raghu prefers gaming with Idania's sons... but they did not do gaming during the greek mythology classes and would hang out with the little kids and some older ones too and did all the craft etc. So Raghu, in his quest for older-boy company, went along with everything. He did some of the craft and cooking and even some research. He asked me to write his paper on Hades, the god of the underworld... a topic dear to his heart now ;-) And before the final presentation he decided to dress up as Perseus as he did not like to talk/present material like the other older kids. So below are some pics from our Greek Mythology presentation.  Raghu even has a bag around his waist that has red lining sticking out... blood from Medusa's head :-)

Idania hosted all the classes at her home and put in a lot of effort into collecting materials and reading books and showing videos etc.  She passed on this superb link: http://www.abc.net.au/arts/wingedsandals/ that Raghu loved.  He saw the videos and played games on it several times.  the gathering at our home was fun and the presentations by the children were well received.  Some of us dressed up.  Ravi and I were Zeus and Danae (Perseus's mom and dad :-)  We did a potluck of mediterranean and traditional greek food.

 


6 comments:

Veena said...

OH MY GOD !!! WHAT AN AMAZING FEAT!! WE ARE SO PROUD OF ALL OF YOU - RAG AND JJ LOOK UNBELIEVABLE. AVNI IS SCREAMING HENCE I FELT LIKE WRITING IN CAPS TOO :))

WHAT AN INSPIRING WAY TO LEARN....

Nikhil said...

This is FANTASTIC! All you guys really rock! I hope I get to dress as Ghatotkacha, when you guys do Mahabharat!

Hema A Bharadwaj said...

Thanks Veen and Nik... It was quite the group effort really. By the way.. zoya is wondering 'who is Doof'!! so time to meet.

Maria said...

AWESOME!!!

Cafe said...

Wooow Hema!! This is awesome!! kids wud learn so much more this way...and 'Thumbs Up' to your creativity! i simply love n enjoy reading your blog!!

Hema A Bharadwaj said...

Cafe: not sure who you are. A name please? your profile is hidden.

thanks, hema