I have enjoyed this block of Norse myths; I remember doing Greek myths in the fifth grade in my public school education but I never formally did Norse myths so these stories are fairly new to me. It is always very exciting as a homeschooling parent to delve into uncharted lands!
I also think Norse myths fit and match the moral ambiguity the post-nine year change child is discovering in the world. The Norse myths, as they head along toward Ragnarok, also bring forth new depths of emotions in the complexities. Many children are outraged, saddened, in disbelief of the ending.
One other thing that has been interesting to me and my own development as a teacher has been drawing on the blackboard for this block. I wanted to share some of my drawings with you…
I drew this recently……Here is Odin on Sleipner, his eight-legged stallion:
Here is another one of Odin I drew at the beginning of this block; I feel my drawing abilities have improved a lot through this block:
Here is a picture of Freya, the goddess of love and beauty, riding in her chariot with little Noss.
A big view:
And a closer up view:
This block has been one of drawing Celtic braids, knots and forms; poetry, writing, and drawing. We have also done a lot of modeling, both of simple transformational exercises (for example, such as sphere to egg to oval, etc) but also of the human form. I enjoy modeling in the three dimensional realm and then taking parts of it into the two dimensional world through drawing.
Hope to hear what you all are working on in your homeschooling!