Summer SAVY 2017, Session 3/Day 1- Mirror of Mythology (Rising 2nd/3rd- Byrd)
Dear SAVY Parents,
Thank you for sharing your child today to be apart of our amazing learning discoveries and discussions! We are so excited about this topic and going deeper in our understanding of why myths and stories can be so powerful and intriguing. Your child may bring a great desire to learn about mythology or they may bring a great wealth of information already, but either way we will take their knowledge deeper and make meaningful connections that inspire them to continue their learning for years to come!
Today we heard and discussed numerous different creation myths from ancient cultures including West African, Egyptian, Scandinavian, Chinese, Native American, and more. We asked ourselves many questions. How did these original oral traditions and stories come about? We observed how different elements in the stories were used to explain very difficult concepts such as life, death, and natural phenomena. What makes an earthquake? Why does the sun follow the same path every day? Where do people come from?
Tomorrow, we will learn more specifically about the Greek and Roman cultures, as well as the Norse mythologies brought about unique environment from which they came. We are beginning to view interactions and motivations of the gods that could also be used to teach values and character qualities. We also will continue to ask how some cultures and ideals are preserved through the myths. We will discover another research strategy through the elements of the historical research model as we search for primary and secondary artifacts and documents about cultures and myths.
Tonight, you may want to talk about the different creation myths that your child has heard, and discuss some of the similarities and differences that exist in these stories. How and why do these stories preserve cultures, and why are some more prevalent and sustained over time than others?
Thank you again for this opportunity for us to discover more about the Mirror of Mythology!