Greek Classics for Children

Ancient Greek Civilization Resources

Any study of ancient history would be incomplete without a stop in Ancient Greece.


Why Study Ancient Greece?

Western Civilization owes a great debt to this ancient society --the seeds of democracy, mathematics, philosophy, theater, and art.

The great classics of this period, including the Greek myths, The Iliad, and The Odyssey, have remained foundational works of literature for hundreds of years.

All educated Westerners should be familiar with these stories since so many other works of literature and even our very language include allusions to them.

There are a lot of great resources for studying Ancient Greece. I've compiled the best ones here. Some are free, online things. Others are retail. But the good news is that many of them are in the public domain and FREE. Whether you want a living books approach or want to make a lapbook (or maybe both), you will find some excellent materials hidden in the links below.

Living Books for History - About Ancient Greece

History is an amazing subject. It can be made deadly dull or wonderfully thrilling depending on the approach taken.

Using living books and biography to teach history makes these foreign, ancient civilizations come alive. Children may not have the maturity to comprehend political movements and philosophical paradigms, but they certainly can understand and remember a good story.

Teach children about Ancient Greece through the stories of this time -- about gods and goddesses and about heroes and kings.

Free Printables About Ancient Greece - for notebooking or lapbooking

Here are some of the best free printables on the Internet. Examine which ones would fit well with your unit study.

Ancient Greece Lapbook - First Grade

We love to use lapbooking in homeschool. It's a great way for creative children to record what they have learned. The slideshow below has pictures of my daughter's first grade Ancient Greece lapbook.

For ideas when planning your own Ancient Greece lapbook, look at this PDF from Mr. Mepham.

For more lapbook pictures, visit

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Ancient Greek Art - Free Printable Notebooking Pages

If you're studying the art of Ancient Greece, these three sets of notebooking pages will be an asset to your curriculum. These free printables are offered by The Notebooking Fairy.

Look for

  1. Ancient Greek Art Notebooking Pages
  2. Ancient Greek Architecture Notebooking Pages
  3. Ancient Greek Pottery and Sculpture Notebooking Pages

History Pockets: Ancient Greece
History Pockets: Ancient Greece

Suitable for grades 4-6.

There are more History Pockets relating to Ancient Greece:

Literature Pockets, Greek & Roman Myths for Grades 4-6

History Pockets: Ancient Civilizations for Grades 1-3

If you would like a little nudge toward lapbooking or notebooking Ancient Greece, look at these History Pocket reproducibles. Evan Moor products are high quality with attractive graphics and rich factual content.

 

Greek Myths

Your study of Ancient Greece should include stories of at least some of the major myths. If your children are like my daughter, they will want more and more of these fanciful tales.

If you are a Christian struggling with whether or not you should teach myths, read these articles:

Lexi on Christians teaching myths

Kristi on mythology.

The following four books are great choices for beginners to learn about Greek mythology. Two of them are free and in the public domain.

D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths

The D'Aulaires are well respected children's books authors. This volume would make a fine addition to your homeschool library.

 

Usborne's Greek Myths

Greek Myths for Young Children (Stories for Young Children)
Greek Myths for Young Children (Stories for Young Children)

This is one of my daugher's favorite books. She loves the myths and the illustrations in this volume.

It's wonderful when your child hears an allusion to a mythical story and recognizes it because she's been reading this book in bed at night.

 

Gods and Heroes - by Robert Edward Francillon

The Baldwin Online Children's Project has dozens of texts in the public domain that relate to Ancient Greece.

Public domain text for Gods and Heroes can be found at these sites:

1. The Baldwin Project

2. Archive.org

3. Google Books

Gods and Heroes: An Introduction to Greek Mythology (Yesterday's Classics)
Gods and Heroes: An Introduction to Greek Mythology (Yesterday's Classics)

Perseus, The Labors of Hercules, and many more myths are included in this time-proven volume.

 

Audio Greek Tales

I'm a huge fan of audio learning! Why? First of all, it seems painless. You can listen as you do other tasks -- chores or crafts. Also it's entertaining in a way that engages the imagination (unlike television's visual stimulation). Supplement your study of Ancient Greece with some audio stories.

For some great FREE MP3 downloads, visit Storynory's Greek Myths page. You will find retellings of these exciting stories: The Homecoming of Odysseus, Circe the Beautiful Witch, In the Cyclops Cave, The Wooden Horse, and Troy. You can also preview the full story text before you download.

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