Take a glimpse into one of the 2018 College for Kids courses: Mythology
Mythology continues to be around us in everyday life. Myths are part of literature curriculum at school and part of many history lessons. Even though these are stories from thousands of years ago and across cultures, many students are very fascinated with mythology today.
Students have spent time discussing mythological references – names, symbols and logos. Think of big companies – Amazon, Nike, Pandora, Saturn, Trident, and Venus. For logos and symbols consider the Midas Muffler’s gold painted muffler, FTD flowers logo of a man with a winged cap and sandals, and the medical profession’s symbol of a wand with two snakes twined around.
Today students are studying different cultural mythology family trees, ranging from Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Norse, Chinese, Japanese, Hindu, and Celtic. Working individually or as a team, they are recreating the mythological family tree from their culture complete with symbols to represent the gods and goddesses. When they finish their family trees, students will compare and contrast the different cultures to see what things are valued and important across the world.
Guest blog by Erin Hoffman. Erin has been an instructor with College for Kids since 2008 and is a gifted and talented educator at College Community Schools. She loves mythology and enjoys exploring myths with the students each summer!