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Pandora’s Box Greek Mythology

We are still enjoying our Greek Mythology block, Jenna has just finished Pandora’s Box, she made a little box out of clay for Pandora’s box and this is her drawing of all the miseries that escaped from the box once Pandora’s curiosity got the better of her and she opened it. Zeus knew that Pandora would not be able to just keep the box and not look inside, she was too curious….

We have now moved onto the stories of Heracles (Hercules, Roman name for Heracles) and Jen is enjoying them. I am still reading aloud from ‘The Black Ships Before Troy’ and Jenna is almost halfway with ‘Hittite Warrior’.

What a lovely block…..


Greek Mythology

Jenna is really enjoying her Greek Mythology! I thought I would share some of her work with you. We are using Live Education for this grade five block and I am also using a wonderful book, called the D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths. It is such a beautiful book with lovely illustrations. We are also using the Eyewitness book about Ancient Greece.

The pictures above are about Dionysus, the god of wine, and a beeswax model of the Parthenon and a writing from the temple of Delphi, which reads in English, ‘Man know thyself and thus know the world.’

I am reading ‘The Black Ships Before Troy’ to Jenna and she is reading ‘Hittite Warrior’ independently. We are really enjoying this block!


Botany and Old Testament Blocks

This week Jenna has been learning about the grasses…..

When we were learning about Monocots, we learned that an Agapanthus plant was also a Monocot, ( this means that when the plant emerges from the bulb or seed, there is just one leaf, in Dicots, there are two that emerge),

In Charles Kovaca’s book, Botany, (which is absolutely fantastic, by the way!!), he compares the flowers to butterflies and a monocotyledon, like an Agapanthus for example, could represent a butterfly, Jenna built a butterfly from an Agapanthus flower. The petals are the wings, the stamens are the antennae and legs and the ovary is the abdomen.

The rose, which is the perfect higher plant, beautiful with a beautiful scent is a Dicotyledon and is very special. If looking at the geometry of a dicotyledon, the rose, we found that it has five sepals that hold the petals and five main petals that surround the flower and many more petals but always in groups of five, thus if one had to draw these five points from the sepals we would be able to draw a five pointed star! In monocotyledons, like the Daffodil for instance, these have 6 points, because there are 6 petals. We have learned so much this week and have decided that we love Botany, so many discoveries…..

Erin is busy with her 3rd Old Testament Bolck and today she painted the letters in the Hebrew alphabet. We cut out paper and she painted it red and then she copied most of the letters with paint and these will be placed in her book that we are making for her block.


5th Grade Botany Block

Jenna has just started her second botany block for the year and we are learning about monocotyledons at the moment, it has been so interesting, I have learned so much myself, it’s wonderful this homeschooling journey! This is her shaded drawing of an Arum Lily, she took so much care while drawing this picture. Tomorrow we will be learning about grasses, I can’t wait!!

Great resources for your Botany block are ‘The Living World of Plants’, by Dr Gerbert Grohmann, ‘Botany’ by Charles Kovacs and ‘Tree of Life’ by Rochelle Strauss. I have placed the Loot links on the side bar.

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