Greek Classics for Children
Ancient Greek Civilization Resources
Any study of ancient history would be incomplete without a stop in Ancient Greece.
Why Study Ancient Greece?
Western Civilization owes a great debt to this ancient society --the seeds of democracy, mathematics, philosophy, theater, and art.
The great classics of this period, including the Greek myths, The Iliad, and The Odyssey, have remained foundational works of literature for hundreds of years.
All educated Westerners should be familiar with these stories since so many other works of literature and even our very language include allusions to them.
There are a lot of great resources for studying Ancient Greece. I've compiled the best ones here. Some are free, online things. Others are retail. But the good news is that many of them are in the public domain and FREE. Whether you want a living books approach or want to make a lapbook (or maybe both), you will find some excellent materials hidden in the links below.
Living Books for History - About Ancient Greece
History is an amazing subject. It can be made deadly dull or wonderfully thrilling depending on the approach taken.
Using living books and biography to teach history makes these foreign, ancient civilizations come alive. Children may not have the maturity to comprehend political movements and philosophical paradigms, but they certainly can understand and remember a good story.
Teach children about Ancient Greece through the stories of this time -- about gods and goddesses and about heroes and kings.
Free Printables About Ancient Greece - for notebooking or lapbooking
Here are some of the best free printables on the Internet. Examine which ones would fit well with your unit study.
- Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Design a Greek pot online and print it out!
- Highland Heritage
A unit study about Ancient Greece with suggested books, activities, writing assignments and more. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for PDFs of shape books, notebooking pages, and worksheets.
- Notebooking Nook Freebies
Look for Ancient Greece freebies in the ancient history section such as Legend of the Trojan Horse and The Rise of Athens and Sparta.
- Ancient Greece Printables
Several attractive, lined papers for notebooking and some printable Greek coins!
- Ancient Greece Coloring Pages
Quite a few images from theater masks to women to warriors.
- Karen's Whimsey
Look at the menu to the left side -- Ancient Past/Greeks -- for a plethora of public domain images, many suitable for coloring pages.
- Mystic Mills Free Coloring Pages
Nice coloring pages for many Greek gods, goddesses and heroes.
- Greek Alphabet
Notebooking Pages offers these free Greek alphabet strips in both upper case and lower case!
- Ancient Greece Board Game
Wow! This is an amazing FREE resource --"Digging Up Greece" is a super high-content game about ancient Greece! The game board is a giant map of Greece, artifact cards show actual artifacts and ruins, and (multiple choice) question cards quiz you abou
- Samutsari's Homeschool Fileshare Page
Several Ancient Greece notebooking pages designed by a homeschooling mom: Trojan Horse, Plato & Aristotle, Alexander the Great, Phillip 2 of Macedonia, Peloponnesian War, Pericles, the Golden Age of Greece, and Socrates.
- Ancient Greece Paper Dolls
Paper Dali (named after the great artist Salvador Dali) offers incredible FREE black and white paper doll templates to save, print, and color. Use these for narrating the great books you read aloud or for lapbooking or notebooking.
- Midisegni Coloring Pages
This site is in Spanish, but you can easily figure out what myth is being referred to. Look at the list on the right side for some cartoon style coloring pages of Greek Myths.
- Greek Paperdolls
Free printable doll plus five outfits from Liana's Paper Doll Blog.
- CrayolaÂ® Coloring Pages - Greek Women's Day
A lovely coloring page of a Greek woman in profile.
- Betsy Stout's Free Printable Notebooking Pages
Topics include Aesop, Greek Gods, Homer, Pythagoras, Athens & Sparta, and the Trojan Horse.
- Homeschool Share's FREE Ancient Greece Unit & Lapbook
A complete unit study plus lapbook templates.
- The Twelve Olympians
A unit study for elementary level about 12 gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus. This 40+ page PDF includes lesson plans, worksheets, puzzles, hands on activities, and more.
- Activity Village Ancient Greece Printables
Medusa, Apollo, a hoplite soldier, ancient coins, and more.
- Free Iliad Lapbook
Daisies and Dominos blog offers this very attractive PDF full of printable templates.
Ancient Greece Lapbook - First Grade
We love to use lapbooking in homeschool. It's a great way for creative children to record what they have learned. The slideshow below has pictures of my daughter's first grade Ancient Greece lapbook.
For ideas when planning your own Ancient Greece lapbook, look at this PDF from Mr. Mepham.
For more lapbook pictures, visit
Ancient Greek Art - Free Printable Notebooking Pages
If you're studying the art of Ancient Greece, these three sets of notebooking pages will be an asset to your curriculum. These free printables are offered by The Notebooking Fairy.
- Ancient Greek Art Notebooking Pages
General art pages plus one page to outline the four historical periods of Ancient Greek art.
- Ancient Greek Architecture Notebooking Pages
The Acropolis of Athens is the main focus on these architecture pages.
- Ancient Greek Pottery and Sculpture Notebooking Pages
This final set is about Greek pottery and sculpture.
Suitable for grades 4-6.
There are more History Pockets relating to Ancient Greece:
Literature Pockets, Greek & Roman Myths for Grades 4-6
History Pockets: Ancient Civilizations for Grades 1-3
If you would like a little nudge toward lapbooking or notebooking Ancient Greece, look at these History Pocket reproducibles. Evan Moor products are high quality with attractive graphics and rich factual content.
Your study of Ancient Greece should include stories of at least some of the major myths. If your children are like my daughter, they will want more and more of these fanciful tales.
If you are a Christian struggling with whether or not you should teach myths, read these articles:
Thoughts by bloggers:
The following four books are great choices for beginners to learn about Greek mythology. Two of them are free and in the public domain.
The D'Aulaires are well respected children's books authors. This volume would make a fine addition to your homeschool library.
Usborne's Greek Myths
This is one of my daugher's favorite books. She loves the myths and the illustrations in this volume.
It's wonderful when your child hears an allusion to a mythical story and recognizes it because she's been reading this book in bed at night.
Gods and Heroes - by Robert Edward Francillon
Perseus, The Labors of Hercules, and many more myths are included in this time-proven volume.
Audio Greek Tales
I'm a huge fan of audio learning! Why? First of all, it seems painless. You can listen as you do other tasks -- chores or crafts. Also it's entertaining in a way that engages the imagination (unlike television's visual stimulation). Supplement your study of Ancient Greece with some audio stories.
For some great FREE MP3 downloads, visit Storynory's Greek Myths page. You will find retellings of these exciting stories: The Homecoming of Odysseus, Circe the Beautiful Witch, In the Cyclops Cave, The Wooden Horse, and Troy. You can also preview the full story text before you download.
Iliad for Boys and Girls - by Alfred John Church
Memoria Press has a great article titled Why Read Homer's Iliad. Although the article assumes you are studying the Iliad in it's original Latin, many of the arguments listed are valid even for a children's version of the classic epic.
The Iliad for Boys and Girls is in audio MP3 format at Librivox.org. This is a free download!
Look at the free Iliad lapbook printables at Daisies and Dominoes. It's really well done and FREE.
I listened to this Librivox recording on my MP3 and found it very true to the original. This would be best for older elementary students.
A Story of the Golden Age of Greek Heroes
A public domain text of The Story of the Golden Age of Greek Heroes can be found at The Baldwin Project.
For some fantastic line drawings (suitable for coloring pages) of Odysseus, visit Karen's Whimsey. Be sure to go on to her next page of more Odyssey images, all in the public domain.
This book combines Homer's Iliad and Odyssey into a continuous narrative that is suitable for children.