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The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

This is the second book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series that finally showed up from the library. The kids and I fought over who got to read it first. Miss Adventure and I ended up sharing, and losing each other’s bookmarks regularly in the process

Published: 2016

Genre: YA urban fantasy

Length: 459 pages

Setting: Asgard, Alfheim, Jutenheim, and Midgard, six weeks after the events of The Sword of Summer Continue reading

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Native American Mythology

Every year we’ve homeschooled, the kids (and I!) have learned about some traditional mythology. We started with the basics (Greek and Roman) and have slowly been expanding into different pantheons. This year, I decided to stick close to home and do some Native American mythology. This involved reading different myths, and then writing up either about different deities (My. Curiosity used Godchecker.com as his starting point) or constellations (in Miss Adventure’s case). Since they had a different focus, each kid used a different book.

Mr. Curiosity mostly read from American Indian Myths and Legends, selected and edited by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz. This is a fat book (527 pages long) organized based on the subject of the myth (like creation myths or trickster myths) and then labeled based on which tribe told the story.

Miss Adventure, on the other hand, was all about Stars of the First People: Native American Star Myths and Constellations by Dorcas S. Miller. This was another adult-oriented book. In this case, it was organized based on region, then tribe, and then told the stories of different constellations and what those tribes saw in the sky or named different features (like the Milky Way or the Morning Star).

If you’re looking for something written for kids, try either The Woman Who Lived with Wolves: & Other Stories from the Tipi or The Boy & His Mud Horses: & Other Stories from the Tipi, both written and illustrated by Paul Goble. These are two-page versions of the myths, with illustrations on each page. He focuses on myths of Western tribes.

And those were the books we used this month. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers’ Weekly Wrap-Up

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The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Published: 2016

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 361 pages of text, 376 pages total

Setting: mostly around Camp Half-Blood, after the events in the Heroes of Olympus series.

Interest: It’s the first book in the Trials of Apollo series, Riordan’s latest series set in the Percy Jackson universe. The whole family reads all of Riordan’s books as soon as we can snag them from the library. Continue reading

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Norse Mythology Unit Study

We didn’t really read anything new this week. Instead, we finished up our study of Norse mythology. Every year, we pick a new world mythology to study. We’ve done the major ones (Greek and Roman) and now have to pick from many of the other world religions. This year was any easy choice – Rick Riordan had a new book out that covered Norse mythology. It’s set in the same world as Percy Jackson, which we have loved, so we knew we had to read the books. We got a great introduction to the bones of Norse mythology by reading Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer. We can’t wait until the next book comes out, but that won’t be until next year. There are many other YA and middle grade novels that utilize Norse mythology as the core to the story. I’d recommend reading Neil Gaiman’s Odd and the Frost Giants. Gaiman is a great storyteller, and this is no exception, as we follow Odd in a quest to get the Frost Giants out of Asgard so winter will finally end.

Once we got a taste of Norse mythology, I wanted the kids to read some of the Norse myths. Now, you can go right to the source and read the The Poetic Edda or The Prose Edda. I didn’t think the kids were quite up for that, so we read some of the myths, edited for children. There’s a lot less blood and violence in the children’s versions, but Norse mythology really isn’t ideal for the sensitive child. We found two different books of myths in the library, which had a slightly different collection of myths – Odin’s Family, edited by Neil Philip, and Favorite Norse Myths edited by Mary Pope Osborne.

Whenever we study a new mythology, all the new gods and goddesses get confusing. Norse mythology is even more confusing since there are nine worlds in which characters can live. To get more information on the different individuals in the pantheon, we used the website godchecker.com. This website has information on almost 30 different pantheons, so we’ll be making use of it in future unit studies as well. They don’t provide too much in-depth information about the different deities, but it’s an informative overview, usually written in a humorous style, that provides enough information for you to find out more if you want it.

Overall, we’ve enjoyed our study of the Norse deities. I’m thinking we might have to watch the first Thor movie as our end of the topic review and see how many of the deities the kids recognize from their studies.

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Norse Mythology

We started a new topic this month – Norse mythology. Every year, we cover a different cultural mythology (including Hindu deities, Roman gods, and Greek gods). This year our choice of mythologies was easy to decide on. We chose Norse mythology to coincide with the new Rick Riordan book, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer.

There are lots of Norse myths to read, and many books that have retold those myths. The kids aren’t quite old enough to read the original Poetic and Prose Eddas, so I found a couple of books to use from the library. There are many options out there, but I chose Favorite Norse Myths as retold by Mary Pope Osborne, because I recognized the author. The myths in this book range from the creation of the nine worlds to a very tame version of Ragnorak. There is even an index explaining who all the main characters are at the end.

For more information on the occupants of the Nine Worlds, we picked up A Handbook of Norse Mythology by John Lindow. There’s a bit of introduction to the Norse themes, especially of time and space, but the majority of the book is devoted to explaining everyone from Aegir to Yngvi. Between these two books, we’ve had plenty of reading to do.

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The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Published: 2015

Genre: middle grade adventure fiction

Length: 491 pages

Setting: Boston, present day, and various locations within the other Nine Worlds

Interest: It’s the first book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series. This series will focus on Norse mythology. Continue reading

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Weekly Wrap-Up: More States


We’re continuing to learn about state history and colonial times. American History Club is overlapping significantly with our topic of the month. Our next meeting of American History Club is presentations on topics of choice. Miss Adventure has decided to talk about the Jamestown glasshouse that was central to the plot of Shadows in the Glasshouse. Turns out that was a real location within the Jamestown colony. Mr. Curiosity is doing some research into more of the early settlements of North America (places besides Jamestown and Plymouth). We’ve found The New Americans: Colonial Times: 1620-1689 by Betsy Maestro a helpful place to start.

I found a few more fun American history books. There’s Don’t Know Much About American History by Kenneth C. Davis. It’s laid out in chronological order and asks and answers history questions (like “Who were the robber barons, and whom did they rob? or How did a third-grade girl in Kansas change history?). The answers are presented in a conversationalist style and cover the time period from Europeans discovering American until the September 11th attacks.

Finally, there’s How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein. The book starts out with major territorial acquisitions (like from the French and Indian War or the Louisiana Purchase) and policies that impacted many state borders. Then, the author goes through each of the states alphabetically and describes how each of its borders were determined. There’s a fascinating amount of history in the shape of the states.

As for favorite books, the whole family was excited to receive Rick Riordan’s most recent book from the library. It’s the first book in his new series, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer and it was a fight to over who would get to read it first. Mr. Curiosity won because he was the only one not already reading two books. We got it on Monday and three of us have finished it already. If you liked the Percy Jackson or Red Pyramid series, you’ll like this one as well. It’s got the excitement you’d expect, with Norse mythology as the underpinnings. Plus, Annabeth Chase has a cameo.

And those are the books we used this week. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

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