About a year ago I published a post about Exploring World Religions With Nonreligious Kids. It included some of the reasons secular homeschoolers benefit from studying a variety of religious and other mythologies, as well as a book list of some things we had read up until that point and enjoyed.
Over the past year, the Agents (currently grades 6, 4, and 2) have become even more interested in this topic—so much so that “mythology" now a regular subject on our agenda, like language arts or history. We’ve added quite a few titles to our booklist; we were do for an update.
So far we have primarily touched on some of the more “well known” world religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism); Greek and Egyptian mythology; common fables and folk tales (Aesop); and humanism—with a few other random titles thrown in.
|Agents chilling at Disneyland earlier this month|
Presenting many different tales in a neutral way—without implying that any one is more “right” or should hold more “weight” than another—has allowed them to appreciate the lessons offered in these stories without bias.
To be clear, the Agents do not believe any of it to be true—they are definitely skeptics at heart—but they are quite fascinated by all the different beliefs and worldviews that folks hold. They know they can extract valuable insights from these myths; the fact that they are fictional does not diminish their value.
Here are the books we’ve discovered over the last two years or so. Some we’re still in the middle of. Some we’ve read more than once. Each is linked to its Goodreads page for more info.