It’s All Greek To Me

This week we went back to Little City Kids Curriculum We are moving very slowly with this, but we are up to the topic ” It’s All Greek to Me”. We have already looked at the Minoans, and the Mycenaeans, and this unit is looking at Greek culture in general. What I love about it is that it exposes children to big ideas yet lets them work at their own level, so I can use it with both Primus and Secondus. We used some old sheets to create Ancient Greek clothes.

Dressing up ideas. There was also a whiteboard with further information about common clothes for men, women, children and babies.

For younger children, such as Secondus, doing up pegs is a challenge in itself, developing finger strength and co-ordination.

Pegging up

We also looked at some Geometric designed pottery from the Greek dark ages.

Plate decoration materials ready to go.

We have recently raided the library for books and  ideas – this is on topic that has plenty.
My current plan is to move more quickly through Little City Kids, spending about a fortnight on each topic. This will leave plenty to do when we revisit later but will help give a broad sweep of history. Later specific details can be filled in more thoroughly.

Stanley F. Schmidt, I could kiss you!

Well, maybe not literally. But figuratively, yep, I could. And Sal Khan too.

Life of Fred: Apples by Stanley F. Schmidt is kind of a maths text-book, kind of a story, and with a bizarre sense of humour and an absolute resistance to ‘dumbing things down’, but you really have to see it to get it. (There are sample pages at that link) As well as providing a fun practise for maths concepts, there are so many conversation starters as well, snippets of information with no real bearing on the story, but great fun for us to share.

Afterwards I set C up with the Khan Academy while A and I played with some bean pouring and melon-balling.

The Khan academy (thanks to another friend for convincing me try it!) is a fabulous free resource begun by Sal Khan for maths learning. It is very no frills, but has a video and practise questions for many, many topics. When you register, you are shown a topic tree, you choose a topic and it will display questions on that topic. From this screen you can watch a video, or use a ‘scratch pad’ (think “Paint”) to help you solve the question. When you get enough right, you have mastery and the computer recommends the next topic for you.

Its lovely when you find something that works.  🙂  It’s even better when they are free or affordable.