Grade IV Central Subject: Ancient Greece
Naturally embedded in any academic curriculum are human themes. In keeping with Shady Hill traditions, in all subjects we integrate themes regarding character, values, respect for self and others, and the responsibility children have as members of the community. In Grade IV the Ancient Greece central subject, filled with heroes and heroines facing moral dilemmas, is a jumping off point for teaching social and emotional skills. We also work on these social and emotional skills through direct coaching, including lessons on courage, fairness, and honesty. The themes of character, values, respect for self and others, appreciation of differences among people, and the responsibility children have as members of the community appear in every aspect of our curriculum.
Central Subject: Ancient Greece
The Greek study includes: mythology; 5th Century B.C.E. Athens and Sparta, daily life, and architecture; pottery and its decoration; archaeology; the Bronze Age in Crete and Mycenae with the hero tales; the Iliad and Odyssey; Greek plays; geography; and the Olympic Games. A partial bibliography includes appropriate translations of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey; D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths; Theras and his Town; Evslin, Greek Myths; Coolidge, Greek Myths and The Trojan War; Longman Series, Aspects of Greek Life and See Inside a Greek Town; and Usborne, The Greeks. Online resources and multi-media materials enhance the curriculum.
Our methods of study include discussions and reading, compositions, research, dramatizations, crafts, painting, mapping, projects, and museum visits.