One of my most memorable elementary education experiences was learning about Greek mythology. I think I might have been in fifth grade at that time, but Satori is lucky to learn them at age six. We’re taking an extended study into the Ancient Greeks, learning all the fascinating Greek gods and goddesses and mythology.

To kick it off, I wanted Satori to be able to physically handle each persona as we talk about them, and I thought about making puppets, but that would take too long. Instead, I found this wonderful resource to print out your own Greek Mythology Flashcards. It took me several hours to prepare them, but finally I had them all printed off on cardstock, cut, and laminated with edges rounded.

The above website had an amazing assortment of greek gods, goddessess, mortals, monsters, etc… but they were missing a few important ones, so we made a few of our own. Excuse the rough sketches, but we get the gist of the flashcard at least. 🙂 I had to add these six flashcards – Dionysus, Hestia, Iris, Eros, Persephone, and Cronus. Some of these I had to add because they were some of Satori’s favorites.

If you wanted, you could even print off two copies of each, so you could play games like Memory or Go Fish, but we’ll have plenty fun with one copy only.

I even stuck a little magnet dot on the back of each card before laminating, so we can put them up on the magnetic whiteboard. Here’s all the gods and goddesses on their thrones on Mount Olympus. We included Hades, god of the Underworld, below.

We’re using the following books to learn about Greek mythology. The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus by Aliki, is a quick and easy read, full of glorious color illustrations. It’s 48 pages and is suitable for young children, and is great to kick off Greek mythology, quickly getting up to speed with the main characters.

No family household should be without this amazing book – D’aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths. I’ve had this for over a year, but only this month have we started reading it. Both Satori and I immediately fell in love with this timeless book, with the lavish illustrations and inspiring stories. It goes into much more depth than the above book, and we both can’t wait to read more of the stories. Along the way, we learn little nuggets, such as how peacocks got their tail spots or why we have winter during Persephone’s stay in Hades. We learn where we got some of our words – like Nike and Atlas. Satori is constantly reminded of Rick Riodan’s book we read last summer, so maybe she will get into the rest of his books now. There is even a Literature unit for the book, I’m sure we’ll get some use out of this resource.

Of course, we have to have a related coloring book when studying something major like this. Satori loves to color. The Dover Coloring book, Greek Gods and Goddesses is great for this purpose.

Classic Myths to Read Aloud by William F. Russell is also an excellent book that covers many of the greek stories, and it’s aimed to read aloud to children five and up. While there’s no pictures in this 264 page book, I love it’s detail and how it gives pronunciation cues (which none of our other books have done). It even has a Kindle version, which I’ll definitely be getting, as I’m very addicted to reading books on my iPad now.

When I was a young girl, my teacher chose Greek characters for our class, and I was Athena. So today, Satori and I have also chosen a Greek god or goddess for everyone in our household, including our pets. Satori is Aphrodite, Mama is Athena, Daddy is Zeus…

As I write this blog post, Satori is playing with her dolls, and acting out the Greek mythology stories. She can’t wait to perform a play for Daddy this weekend!  She just took the D’Aulaires book and is reading the stories over so she can better perform her plays.