Ancient Civilizations – Greece! (A Primary Unit Study)

For our study of Ancient Greece, I found a great lapbook and unit study resource at Homeschool Share.  Click HERE to view it.  Most of the lapbook elements below came from that resource and I am so thankful to the amazing ladies at Homeschool Share!

A huge portion of our reading came from our Sonlight program for Core B (comprising of mostly Usborne books, hooray Usborne!).  The kids loved reading through the pages in The Usborne Book of World History.

Some topics of study:

  • Daily life in Ancient Greece – houses, food, clothing, families, communities, war.
  • Life in Athens
  • Greek gods and Greek Mythology (the kids really enjoyed this part!)
  • Greek Alphabet
  • Greek Entertainment (theatre, music, etc.)
  • Alexander the Great and Alexandria
  • Ancient war tactics
  • The Olympics
  • Great thinkers and the rise of philosophy
  • Democracy
  • Greece and European geography

Some of the additional books we used for this unit study. 

Our lapbooks.

Looking at Greek architecture (columns and their names), the Trojan war, and the debate about whether the Trojan Horse was a myth or true history!

Where in the world was Troy?

For our study of the Trojan War, we really enjoyed the Usborne book, The Wooden Horse.

Ancient Greece in Scripture

We really enjoyed reading through various scripture (especially in Acts) that specifically talks about Paul’s journey through Greece.  Many of the city names are exactly the same as in secular historical texts, making the connection both real and powerful.  Very inspiring and deeply moving to read how God worked through Paul to spread His word and the gospel of Jesus to dark places.

We used our Egermier’s Bible Story book and read pages 524-543, which covers much of Paul’s journey in Greece.  (This is from Acts 13-20 -ish.)

We also looked at how God is described as the Alpha and Omega (beginning and end).  These are the first and last letters of the Greek Alphabet.  Our God is a mighty, all-powerful God, He was and is and will forever be!  So beautiful to talk about the deep meaning in this truth.

 Government and Philosophy

We discussed the concept of philosophy and who the great Greek philosophers were along with a good look at government and how Ancient Greek civilizations influenced democracy. 

The Olympics

The Olympics were started in Ancient Greece in Olympia as a festival honoring the false gods.  This was an interesting and thought-provoking concept for me and we had a great chat about the realities of sports as idols in our present culture as well.  (Which I believe is a serious problem…)

What events were at the Olympics in Ancient Greece?

Discus – all the events were done in the nude.  Our kids thought this was pretty funny!

Greek gods and Greek Mythology

For our study of Greek gods, we discussed the main and most prominent gods for Ancient Greeks.  We also talked openly about the difference between what the Ancient Greeks believed and what we believe as followers of Christ. 

We read many legends about the gods and read the Usborne Book of Greek Myths (photographed above).

Some of the better known gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece.

This was Audrey’s drawing of one of her favorite Greek Myths – The Story of Arachnid.  Arachnid challenged a goddess, saying she was a better weaver – the goddess was so angry, she turned her into a spider and made her weave webs for the rest of her life.  Thus, the creation of the Arachnid family.  (So many of these myths are so extreme that it is easy for children to understand why they are, in fact, MYTHS!)

A Myth is… a story that isn’t true.

Another one of Audrey’s favorites – Circe.

Simon’s favorite, the Harpies – birds with heads of ‘ugly old ladies’. Ha!

Greek Words and Alphabet´╗┐

So many English words stem from the Greek language.  We did an activity linking Greek words to English words the children could understand.

The Greek Alphabet, and mapping where Greece is found. 


Thanks for reading!

Be blessed this week.

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