Friday, October 2, 2009

one would think...

...we were studying ancient Greece based on the books I've found lying around the house...
... but we're not. We're actually studying early American history this year. So, why all of the Greek mythology?

Here's why...
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

Okay... so since we're not studying this in school, why am I posting about this on my homeschooling blog? Well... because homeschooling has allowed Alex to become completely obsessed with Greek mythology.... it has allowed him to follow this "rabbit trail" as far as he wants it to take him. Homeschooling has allowed me to let go a bit and let him read late at night until he can't keep his eyes open any longer (this week he's been reading until around midnight). He loves this book series and loves to read.... how can you not let him run with this enthusiasm?

The stack of books shown above is last week's set of books, he checked out (and has already read) a stack equally as big this week. He knows the stories by heart now and talks about them constantly. I'm also reading the book series and I am just on the book ahead of him. When I finish a book and give it to him to read, he always asks me which myths are referenced so he can read up on them first. I know I couldn't "assign" this stuff to him and expect the same results. Jeff is also reading the series and is on Book 2. Alex LOVES to quiz his dad about what's going on in the book and the myths referenced. It's become a real family affair (oh... I should also mention that Alex and Clara are considering being Perseus and Medusa for Halloween).

Anyway... I just thought I would share our experience with this book series and how it has overtaken our lives :-)

On another note.... I'm sorry about the posting gap again. This time we had illnesses and doctor visits consuming my free time (Alex had another bout of MRSA and now needs to see a specialist next week). We've also had a couple of auditions that we're keeping our fingers crossed about. I did get emails from a couple of you and I'm working on emailing you back by the end of the weekend!

Happy Friday!

3 comments:

Kez said...

Dontcha just love the rabbit trails they can follow while homeschooling?! I'll have to check that book series out - what age do you think it would suit? (DS is 7)

Tracie said...

Hi Kez.... I'm not sure on the age recommendation for the series. Alex loved it but he's 9. It does have lots of battles in it (and deaths in the last books) which might bother some kids. The kids start out at 12 and age to 16 by the end of the series... there's a little boyfriend/girlfriend stuff but not much.

sageg said...

I was always fascinated by the Greek myths when I was younger and would read anything I could about it. Good for Alex!