We've been thinking a lot about monsters, creatures, mythology, legends, etc. since January. Today, we focused specifically on Mythology. What exactly is mythology? What do we know about it? What kind of creatures can we find? What makes something a myth?
Thanks to a wonderful conversation with Jordan, our Rainey Room B teacher, we've expanded our mythological horizons. Today, I introduced a story from African mythology, bought a book about mythological monsters from Greek mythology, and we were able to compare them with Eric Carle illustrations of various creatures "that never were".
What does the word mythology mean to you?
I was reading about “What is mythology?.” A lot of people said it was a few different stories to explain things that happen.
Mythology is a kind of story to explain things that happen in our world.
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti
I’m going to start with Anansi the Spider. It’s a story; a myth. Let’s see if we can tell what the story is trying to explain. What is the myth about?
Mythological Creatures of Ancient Greece
Giacomo's Monster Manual