Third-Graders Host Greek Feast
Sandhills Classical Christian School third graders' study of ancient Greece culminated in a feast integrating all they had learned into one memorable afternoon.
Teacher Glynnon Wiggins brought together parents and children from other grades for a Greek feast where third- graders demonstrated their knowledge of mythological literature, Greek history, and Latin. Children chose characters from mythological stories and came to the feast in costume, representing gods, goddesses, beasts, and heroes. Everyone participated, including Wiggins, who dressed as Medusa, and headmaster Brad Johnson, who officiated from the head of the table as Zeus.
"The feast was a way to show what we had learned to the students' families and to the rest of the school," said Wiggins. "Because children are so tactile at this age, the costumes, food, and music all spark something to get them excited about learning."
Students practiced their oratorical skills by reading facts about their characters and asking the audience to guess who they were. They also performed a play depicting the history and legends they learned and recited a limerick about the poet, Homer. Lunch featured a feast of authentic Greek foods such as hummus, pita, baklava, olives, spanakopita, and of course the food of the gods, ambrosia.
The Greek feast is one example of how Sandhills Classical Christian School integrates subjects, a hallmark of a classical education.
This nondenominational school offers a full curriculum for preschool through high-school aged children, including art, music, and sports activities.?
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