We are now about half way through Elki’s Norse Mythology Block so I thought I’d write a post on how we are going so far! For this block I chose to use the Charles Kovac’s book Norse Mythology for Elki’s main lesson,
This book includes two tales, Thorkill of Iceland and The Dream of King Alfdan. We recently finished reading Thorkill, which Elki really enjoyed, and are now about to start King Alfdan.
When getting prepared for Elki’s main lessons I knew I wanted to approach the days with the rhythm of reading a story one day, and the following day recalling the story read the previous day, drawing a picture with a written summary, and then reading the next story. I also wanted to attempt to complete the block in six weeks so I divided the stories in Charles Kovac’s book up so that we would be reading two tales each day (they are not very long). So, by the end of the block we will have covered the 19 Stories of the Gods, and the 3 stories of The Twilight of the Gods. There are also 4 Sagas in the book which I am going to read as bedtime stories.
I am preparing the pictures for Elki to copy but am giving him a lot of freedom to change the pictures or draw something completely different if he wants to. We are composing the summaries together, which I write down and then Elki copies.
We started with The Creation and Yggdrasil,
Elki’s picture of Yggdrasil, including Odin, the Eagle at the top of the tree, and at the three roots, the giant Mimir, the three Norns, and the Dragon, there is also the little squirrel running up and down the tree.
Thor and Thialfi, and Freya’s Necklace,
The Valkyries, and The Story of Idun,
Loki’s Punishment, and Frey and Gerda,
And that’s where we are up to at the moment! We are both loving the stories, they are a first for me too so I think I am learning just as much as Elki is! We are now continuing on with the stories and over the next three weeks I’m hoping to include some different activities like wet-on-wet watercolour painting, modelling, and some form of craft or handwork.
Throughout this block I have also included some other work. Each day we have been starting the main lesson with some active multiplication tables practice, I have given Elki two spelling lists of words from the Norse myth stories that we worked on each day, and Elki has been continuing his cursive writing practice. But more on that later!