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I always seem to have so many books for every block but I sat down and deliberately chose just one anthology to guide us here. D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths
has 30 chapters, so two blocks of four weeks each. I took a lot of time before I picked their book; their Greek Myths volume is not my favorite. But I think this collection is very well done! (Notes on other Norse Mythology collections, if you want some different options, are listed at the end of this page.)
The stories go as follows (and if I see a painting/modeling/handwork connection from one of my art books -- or a source for a class play script for a certain myth-- I've included it here in my notes):
there is a class play script for this story, "Loki - the Mischief Maker," in Two Plays for Grade Four by John Miles (Promethean Press) -- we did this as a table read
Loki's Monstrous Brood
this story is also alluded to in the introduction to "Loki - the Mischief Maker"
Balder, the God of Light
Heimdall, the Watchman of Asgard
Njord, Frey and Freya
because we spent an extra day on the table reading of "Loki - the Mischief Maker," and then we had three snow
days, we read about Balder, Heimdall, Njord, Frey, and Freya all on the same day
I let the children choose which god or goddess they wanted to write about and create
a two page spread, on one side an acrostic poem using the name of the god or goddess and on the other side an illustration
it is nice to just draw a field of flowers for Balder
Bragi, God of Poetry
I love the illustration my daughter Leah did for this, by painting a large circle on her
paper -- to represent the outside edge of the kettle -- and then spatter painting paint inside it -- to represent the spittle -- using
an old toothbrush and some wire screen
then she wrote her summary around the outside edge of the kettle on the spatter painted background
Odin's Eight-legged Steed
instead of trying to draw an eight-legged horse, I think a border works well for this story too... Leah echoed the
circular shape of her "kettle" illustration by creating a wall of construction paper blocks around the border of her page and then
writing the summary inside
Old Norse Valhöll "hall of the battle-slain;" valr "those slain in battle" + höll "hall"
the word for hall goes back to PIE *kel "to cover, conceal, save"
this is the root of words such as ceiling, cell, cellar, color, conceal, hall, helm (like helmet), hold (like of a ship),
hole, hollow, holster, and hull (like a seed covering)
we are doing gold and silver colored pencil drawings of the necklace (adorned with paper collage colorful gemstones) for the illustration. this makes a nice colorful two page spread
and border to the summary of the story
Although he writes it as "Siegfried," the first two paintings are for the legend of Sigurd Sigmundsson. If you are including this legend, there are a few other resources
you might like as well. Stories, Verses, and Plays for Children by Roberto Trostli is available for FREE
at the Online Waldorf Library as a downloadable PDF. It contains a script
for this story called "The Curse of the Ring."
This legend is not in the D'Aulaire's book but it is in
The Children of Odin by Padraic Colum, which can be found FREE online
at Gateway to the Classics.
The Trostli play tells the story of PART IV, THE SWORD OF THE VOLSUNGS. Colum tucks it in right at the end chronologically, after Loki's Punishment and before Ragnarok.
Odin's Family: Myths of the Vikings collection of 15 stories and illustrations for each, best if you only have time for one 4 week Norse Mythology block
retold by Neil Philip, illustrated by MaryClare Foa
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