Grimm’s Fairy Tales
The Usborne Book of Fairy Tales (Dual Reader)
DVD of Into the Woods (stage version with Bernadette Peters)
Dress up clothes, wolf stuffed animal or whatever you have handy for imaginative play.
We began by reading the story “Little Red Riding Hood” in our Usborne Book of Fairy Tales. My daughter read the top line, and I read the bottom lines. This is a great way to encourage a reluctant reader to like reading.
I took note of the challenging words as we read and created a spelling list. We reviewed the list all week and used an app on our tablet called Spelling Bee. This app created word jumbles, multiple choice and spelling tests. I just imputed the words into the app.
We also used a dry erase board, so my daughter could write out the words. Technology can only get you so far, and she needed to write/make the letters and the sounds.
This was our reading for one week. We completed our other subjects, too, but for reading this was the whole shebang.
Week 2, Day 1:
Now, the fun begins! I use the Waldorf method of reading a Grimm’s fairy tale aloud to my kids based on a letter of the alphabet. (Even though, my daughter is 7, and knows the alphabet and letter sounds, this method has vastly improved her reading skills and motivation.) I do not change any of the language or dumb-down any of the wording for my kids. Occasionally, we will discuss the meaning of a word. Also, I might discuss the moral of a tale and/or the grimmer-aspects of some of the stories.
Basically, before I read a fairy tale, I light a candle and we say a morning verse. Our verse comes from Barbara Dewey’s e-book. Then, I sit the kids down and read to them. The letter for Little Red was R.
Next, we create art based on the letter and the story. I give my kids the choice of medium for their art. Most of the time, they choose watercolors, but markers, crayons, map pencils etc. are available to use.
I laminate their work and add them their own fairy tale binders.
After this, it’s music time! Watch the three scenes with Red Riding Hood from the first act of Into the Woods, one of my favorite musicals! (sidenote: The wolf is anatomically correct, but my kids did not notice. As an adult, it’s kinda hard to miss.)
My kids have been singing all day. Since, we watched the stage version, they have also acted out some of the scenes with whatever they found in their room (a red dress, a basket, some play food, and a stuffed wolf).
“I sorta hate to ask it, but do you have a basket?”