Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Planets & Gods

Serena's recent obsession with Greek Mythology has led us right into the study of our solar system.  The planets are so much more interesting when she realized that they're all named after Greek and Roman gods and goddesses.

Venus is the current favourite - goddess of love, beauty, and springtime. "I was born in spring!" She's also taken a liking to Saturn, the grandfather of the gods, Jupiter's father, because she was born on a Saturday - named for Saturn.

This ties nicely into her Planet Narnia book club reading:
The group has already finished discussing The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (imagery: Jupiter) and Prince Caspian (imagery: Mars), and they are now diving into The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (imagery: Sun). Serena is also totally drawn into the world of Percy Jackson, devouring the The Lightning Thief, the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan.

Another logical extension of this whole Greek myths craze is ancient history. We love the DVD series Drive Thru History with Dave Stotts. It covers Rome, Greece, Turkey, and Asia Minor, though we've been focusing most of our exploration on Greece.

Related Reading:
Curious Kids Guides: Ancient Greece by Fiona Macdonald
Hail! Ancient Greeks by Jen Green
Alexander the Great by Demi
Find the Constellations by H. A. Rey
National Geographic Kids: 13 Planets by David A. Aguilar
Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars by Douglas Florian
The Planets by Gail Gibbons


  1. This must really be enjoyable to read and learn.
    A great way to relate it to things we have today
    Love Nanny & Papa

  2. I would like to know if I was able to download those labels? I would love to use them for my lesson

  3. The labels were from one of the books I listed in the posting...