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Interested in Movie Thor? Study Norse Mythology in Your Homeschool!

Kids love amazing things.  Unreal, incredible things.  Especially in movies, they LOVE superheros.  Spiderman.  The Incredibles. Batman.  And now Thor.

The big news:  Kids love these things.
The bad news: Hollywood.
The good news:  It can encourage reading.

If your child is old enough to see Thor, or if they aren't allowed but are interested, I have a suggestion.  Read books about mythology!

My children enjoyed reading about mythology.  Of course, it's important to compare mythology to the truth!  But you know, it's not just Hollywood that references mythology of the past.  When kids are reading Shakespeare and other classical literature from Reading Lists for the College Bound, many of those works will reference mythological characters.  By knowing these fanciful stories, it can increase their enjoyment of literature.  (And movies too!)

Here are some books that we enjoyed while we were homeschooling.

Favorite Norse Myths by Mary Pope Osborne or D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths by Ingri d'Aulaire. These are where you will find the mythology behind the popular movie Thor. Another fun resource is D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d'Aulaire.

Here is a review of Thor, which may help you decide if it's appropriate for your family.



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Guest - J W on Tuesday, 07 June 2011 20:21

Myths rock. I still have the books my mom had when she was a child - the Junior Classics. The volumes on mythology and fairy tales show the most wear. In fifth grade, I sailed through a unit on greek mythology, and for extra credit made a chart of the Greek and Roman names for the same gods. When I was a teen, I preferred the soap opera lives of the Greco/Roman gods over the TV soaps, LOL! The Native American legends of our local landmarks are the most fun. I cried at a teaching tale a Native American told about caring for the elderly. None of this hindered my Christian walk. In fact, for the missionary-minded, myths are an incredible resource for insights into the values of a culture.

Myths rock. I still have the books my mom had when she was a child - the Junior Classics. The volumes on mythology and fairy tales show the most wear. In fifth grade, I sailed through a unit on greek mythology, and for extra credit made a chart of the Greek and Roman names for the same gods. When I was a teen, I preferred the soap opera lives of the Greco/Roman gods over the TV soaps, LOL! The Native American legends of our local landmarks are the most fun. I cried at a teaching tale a Native American told about caring for the elderly. None of this hindered my Christian walk. In fact, for the missionary-minded, myths are an incredible resource for insights into the values of a culture.
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