We LOVE myths-Greek, Norse, Roman, Egyptian, Native American. It doesn’t matter. We love the stories and the connections among them all. Thus, Sawyer was very excited to begin her Norse myths block. She listened to the Norse myths from the D’Aulaire’s book when Sims was in the fourth grade. This year it was her turn. I did not want to do the same thing over again so I chose to use Roger Lancelyn Green’s Myths of the Norsemen. We started with a discussion about myths and the people of ancient Scandinavia.
We then read aloud the first 7 chapters which covered the Yggdrasill, Odin in search of wisdom, the apples of Iduna, Loki and the Giants, Loki making mischief, Freya the bride, and Thor’s visit to Utgard. Sawyer chose one chapter each week to draw and write about. We also rented the first two Thor movies. We both enjoyed Green’s telling of the myths; however, there is something magical about the illustrations in D’Aulaire’s books. Thus, we ended up using both books as we read through the myths. We have one more block to finish up the book which will hopefully happen in the next few months!