Monday, March 17, 2014

When Play Becomes School

Saturday, we picked up a TOOB set of Mythological Creatures (at $4.99 at AC Moore we couldn't resist!) Bunny had been interested in griffins, dragons, centaurs and other such creatures, so this was a good deal all the way around.

Today was ANOTHER snow day from public school, so we had an older group of children, that were very interested in these creatures. We explained to the children that these creatures were myths and went on to explain the difference between "real" and myths.

Included in the toob was Poseidon. We chose to call him the King of the Sea as opposed to a Greek god. At an older age, we will be able to explain that the Greeks called them gods and goddesses. For now, kings and queens work well. The children played for quite a while with these.

Somewhere along the way, we remembered that we owned A Child's Introduction to Greek Mythology and the flood gates flew opened.

Bunny and the older boys devoured that book, pointing out things they were familiar with, 
asking for parts to be read ...

(sneaking in a shot of our youngest babywearing/lifeschooling girlie!)

... especially the parts that pertained to the creatures we have!

There was also a lot of role playing... with fairies, and griffins and such!

Awww ... a little bit of Interest-led Learning going on!
These kind of days feed our Life Schooling souls and make for some pretty happy children, too!

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  1. I love that you play, they look like they are having so much fun! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Fabulous!! Looks like you and the kiddos all had so much fun. :-)

  3. That looks like so much fun, and a great way to learn about Greek mythology!

  4. This is the way to learn! I love how you followed their interests!

  5. We bought that toob for a friend's birthday. I like how you call those Greek folks kings and queens...makes it much simpler for the little ones to understand!

  6. I love Toobs! I just ordered my kids the In the sky, Wild West and Buildings of New York. I didn't know they made this one. Greek Mythology is fascinating.

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!