Greek day

I was teaching one one the 4th graders in the neighborhood the pythagorean theorem.  You know, a*a + b*b = c*c…  So we got to talking about Greece and the Greek language (and I was showing her how to write secret messages to her friends in Greek), and I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to organize a Greek day in the neighborhood?   Something like:

Greek Day



Did you know that the new testament was written in Greek?  In order to raise awareness of other cultures, we are having a children’s Greek day on Saturday date at xxxx location.

The day will begin at 9am with a Greek breakfast.

Fresh plum frappe (the kids get to put the stuff in the blender and push the button)


Greek egg bake


From 10-12 am, we will have a Greek Olympics, where the children will participate in athletic sports events of ancient Greece.  This could be organized around a "Surprise Rally" where for example, the kids:

1) Do a 100m dash (timed with a stopwatch), then look up a clue in the odyssey to find which spot to go to next, then do a measured long jump, then look up a clue in the iliad to find which spot to go to next, then do a 400m dash, then another clue, then a throwing event, etc.




At 12 pm, the children will have a Greek lunch.

Bulgar salad

cheese pitas

greek style fish  and grilled potato wedges


At 1 pm,

the children will participate in a democratic forum, where they will learn the principles of democracy, hearing 2 adults (we would need volunteers from the community here) debate for 5 minutes each on the following questions, followed by the children’s anonymous vote to establish what they would like to be their laws:

A.       Should cigarette smoking be allowed in the home?

B.      Should children have a curfew?

C.      Should children have to have extra study time if they don’t have good grades?

D.      Should children have a time out when they don’t get along?

E.       Should spanking be allowed?

F.       Should cursing be allowed?

G.     Should healthcare be free?

At 2:30 pm, the children will participate in a Greek theatre where they will present their own plays (like a TV show):

A.      Johnny gets caught stealing a bicycle.

B.      Jessica’s friends tell stories about her, and no one likes her, but in the end she turns out to be nothing like the rumors.

C.      Stuart brings home a straight F report card, and works really hard to get good grades, and comes home with A’s and B’s the next time.

At 3:30 pm, more games and snacks, catholics leave for mass (4-5)

At 5:15 pm, a presentation of the apostle Paul, who he was, and his travels to Greece. A skit showing Paul’s persecution of Christians, his conversion, trips, and martyrdom.   Introduction to the new testament.

At 6:15 pm, a philosophy discussion in the agora, where the following question is discussed using the Socratic method:

How do we know right from wrong?

"There has been a controversy started of late, much better worth examination, concerning the general foundation of Morals; whether they be derived from Reason, or from Sentiment; whether we attain the knowledge of them by a chain of argument and induction, or by an immediate feeling and finer internal sense; whether, like all sound judgement of truth and falsehood, they should be the same to every rational intelligent being; or whether, like the perception of beauty and deformity, they be founded entirely on the particular fabric and constitution of the human species." (David Hume, Enquiries Concerning Human Understanding, 1737, p 170)




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