Mythology for Kids: Learning Resources

Hi Everyone! This week we are going to be looking at Mythology. (Not only the Greek ones!)) Today we have some learning resources. Check back for video links, book recommendations and activity ideas.

What is a myth?

Myth is a folklore genre consisting of narratives that play a fundamental role in a society, such as foundational tales or origin myths. The main characters in myths are usually gods, demigods, or supernatural humans. Stories of everyday human beings, although often of leaders of some type, are usually contained in legends, as opposed to myths. Religion and mythology differ in scope but have overlapping aspects. Both terms refer to systems of concepts that are of high importance to a certain community, making statements concerning the supernatural or sacred. Generally, mythology is considered one component or aspect of religion. Religion is the broader term: besides mythological aspects, it includes aspects of ritual, morality, theology, and mystical experience. A given mythology is almost always associated with a certain religion such as Greek mythology with Ancient Greek religion. Disconnected from its religious system, a myth may lose its immediate relevance to the community and evolve—away from sacred importance—into a legend or folktale. (Wikipedia)

Check out the following links to learn more about mythology with your kids:

Mythopedia

Exactly what it sounds like: an encyclopedia of myths! How cool is that? Their categories include Greek, Chinese, Norse, Japanese, Celtic, Egyptian, Aztec and Roman: (see feature image): https://mythopedia.com

Scholastic Myths Teaching Content

A website with tons of resources for learning about and teaching myths for grades K-8:

Includes an intro to the genre, lesson plans exploring the notion of heroes, greek mythology and the theater, myths from around the world, writing exercises, activities and games, and book recommendations:

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/collections/teaching-content/myths/

National Geographic 

Greek Mythological Monsters: Meet 5 Terrifying Monsters from Ancient Greece:

The Culture Trip has a list of 11 Enchanting Mythological Figures Across Africa: https://theculturetrip.com/africa/articles/11-enchanting-mythological-figures-across-africa/

IMAGE: Alisa Johnson, The Culture Trip

Ancient History Lists has Ten Astonishing Chinese myths to read about here:

Wikipedia has a  great summary of myths and commonalities between various indigenous tribes of the Americas. I found other websites that categorize Native American myths, but this page has the clearest overview:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mythologies_of_the_indigenous_peoples_of_the_Americas

My Jewish Learning: 

Monsters and Demons and other Fantastical Creatures in Jewish Lore:

Please send us a message if you know of any other cool links to mythologies from around the world, and check back in the coming days for more cool resources.

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