Our week studying Greece with Winter Promise’s Children Around the World curriculum in our homeschool was so much fun! Greece is such a fascinating place with such a long history that has had so much influence on the world. It was fun to learn about the past (Ancient Greece) and how that has influenced Greece’s present-day culture. I really like how each chapter in the spine book in this theme from Winter Promise has a modern-day child from the country being studied taking the reader around the country and sharing their perspective on both the past and the present, how they are connected, and how they are proud of their country’s history.
Learning about Greece
I have been letting the girls make a lot of the choices regarding what activities we do for each country. The Winter Promise guide is full of suggestions for different learning styles, interests, and involvement and skill levels. My girls are so predictable when it comes to which activities they will choose! I know before we even start the week that we will be doing every cooking activity I allow, any activities involving dancing or music, and reading every book recommended! Any other activities we do will be at my urging or perhaps insistence. It will be so interesting when I do this theme again with my boys to see how things will be different.
Mommy and Daddy happen to love Greek food, so we took the opportunity to make almost every single meal this week involve Greek food of some sort! We had several versions of hummus, pitas, olives, feta on salads, feta on burgers, apple-feta pizza, and our masterpiece – we made a beautiful and oh-so-delicious low-carb moussaka – a lamb or beef and eggplant casserole! Bignificent was so pleased that she was able to do the whole thing herself!
She also made a dessert of gluten-free koulourakia (Greek butter cookies) using our almond meal cookie base and making adjustments to make it match the recipe given in our Winter Promise study guide. They were supposed to be twists, but since it was getting close to Christmas, the kids unanimously decided to cut them out like sugar cookies and frost them. Works for me.
She has gotten quite adept at making these adjustments and has now successfully adapted our base recipe to make these Greek cookies as well as chocolate mint cookies, chocolate chip cookies, gingersnaps, and lebkuchen when we studied Germany. We keep saying to each other that we need to blog about this recipe over at Mommynificent. We will let you know when we do!
Greek Music and Dance
We had fun learning some of the steps to dance the Kalamatianos dance. We followed the instructions given in the Winter Promise books and then found some YouTube videos to dance along with. Greek dancing is a lot of fun. (No plates were harmed in the learning and performing of these dances!)
Books about Greece
In addition to the beautiful books included in our Winter Promise curriculum written and published by Winter Promise themselves, we also enjoyed several other novels we found about Greece.
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- Thea Stilton and the Missing Myth – I’ve pretty much accepted that if there is a Thea Stilton set in the country we are studying, we will be reading it. The girls love them and they learn quite a lot about each country from them. Again, I think this theme will be fascinatingly different when I do it with boys!
- The Olympias Clue (Lucy Evans, InstaExplorer) (Volume 1) – I came across this one while doing my regular search of Kindle Unlimited titles related to our theme. It is a cute adventure story featuring a modern explorer named Lucy Evans who uses her smartphone and Instagram to solve mysteries, explore foreign countries and cultures, and meet interesting people around the world. The first installment happens in Greece so we gave it a try. Bignificent liked it well enough to go on and read the next one, which takes place in Wales, and then a collection of short stories about Lucy experiencing Greek culture around Christmastime called Lucy Evans, InstaExplorer: Christmas in Greece.
One last thing we did this week was to begin our study of Greek and Latin root words using English from the Roots Up, Vol. 1: Help for Reading, Writing, Spelling, and S.A.T. Scores by Joegil K. Lundquist. This is something I’ve been wanting to add into our schedule for over a year now but I never made it happen. I decided our week on Greece (with Italy being last week) was the perfect time to start. The girls are really enjoying it so far.
What about you? Have you studied Greece in your homeschool? It seems like we all study ancient Greece, but it was refreshing to learn about modern Greece this week, even learning about some of its current economic difficulties and some of their causes. Do you have any suggestions for activities or books about Greece that we should have done? If so, please do share as I’ll be teaching this again in a few years, and, as I mentioned, I expect things will be quite different next time!
See you next week for what we learned studying about Christmas Around the World!