Crack-ups and chaos were the theme when we performed a play of Greek Mythology stories before we moved on to our next learning topic, Emily Dickinson. Greek Mythology was a big subject for all of us. We stayed on it a long time, 3 months. It just never seemed to fizzle out. This is what I love about learning at home, we don't have to move on before we are ready, we can really run with a topic as long as we want, and conversely, move on if a theme isn't super engaging for us. Along with learning Greek myths and arts and culture, we read all the Percy Jackson books and are onto The Heroes of Olympus now. We are listening to these on audio, and I think they are perfect for this. Unlike the Harry Potter books, these have vocabulary and plots that are simpler, so I dont' feel the need to stop and discuss as much, which is hard in an audio book.
The plays we performed we adapted from our favorite Greek Mythology Book that I blogged about, using the comics as the script with a narrator on the side. It was so funny. Props were made, the two pugs were in every scene and my brother was a featured performer as both Zeus and Hades (with a little of Hagrid and Eddie Van Halen mixed in.) Grammie narrated and we all took turns in the audience. We performed Pandora's Box, The Capture of Persephone, and Arachne Gets a Big Head (also starring Athena), each girl getting a lead part and choosing what stories they wanted to perform.
Here we have from left Hades, Persephone, a small Pandora, Demeter, Hermes, and a Deadkins (an Underworld helper of Hades. She also played Arachne) and the Pugs were a two-headed Cerberus.