**One thing I didn't think to add when I first wrote this post was that we LOVE LOVE LOVE the stories read by Natasha at storynory.com. You can listen to them free online or you can download them (free) and burn them onto a CD to listen in the car (or wherever) as we do. It is an AMAZING website (and I love Natasha's voice). I feel like most people must know about it, but if not -- check it out! She has a huge selection of fairy tales, plus Greek myths, Oscar Wilde, Alice in Wonderland, Bible stories, Knights of the Round Table and more.
After reading this story, I taught the kids to braid (a skill we never tackled before) just as Rapunzel's hair was braided for the witch to climb up. LD eventually caught on fairly well. It was harder for DD. I thought we might do a craft where Rapunzel peaks out of the top of the tower/paper towel roll with her braid draping down the tower. It was too busy at the end of the week last week, though.
|It took a lot of hunting, but we finally found one lone breadcrumb out in the woods (next to the leaf). No wonder Hansel and Gretel had such a tough time out there!|
The Three Little Pigs Puppet Show
Followed by lots of new fairy tale performances put on by the kids! In LD's version the knights had a long extended battle!
|We've talked about where these fairy tales originated (mostly from England and Germany) and we've been locating them on our map of Europe. I printed out an outline map from activity village one day to color in some of the countries. We've also been playing a geography game of Europe, but it's such a good game I'll make another separate posting about that.|