The fairy tales unit was perhaps one of the most fun units we have done thus far. We studied the stories of Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, The Gingerbread Man, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the Princess and the Pea, Hansel and Gretel, and Stone Soup. I spread the unit out so that we could take breaks for the many holidays in February, and since I had a six week co-op every Friday and Aria’s preschool prep class Thursday, it was nice to be able to do two or three stories a week and not feel like I was struggling to rush through a unit each week. We took our time, relaxed, and enjoyed a fairy tale a day. Aria was extremely responsive to the unit, especially when I bought some felt characters to play with on our felt board and when we played with sensory items!
One of the best pieces of advice I can offer for a unit like this is to go visit your local consignment stores once a month and see what fun items are there. I found a great Princess Busy Book that had all of the Disney princesses for us to play with during our princess week of the unit (the week we focused on Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty). I also found a great 3 Little Pigs Melissa and Doug toy that I used as a reward for finishing the lessons of the day, which worked as a learning toy for both Aria and Skylar. There are many great fairy tale items out there, so see what you can find!
I think spreading the unit out and giving ourselves a month to take it at a slower pace with so much else going on outside of the house was really nice. I love having weekly units also, especially when the unit doesn’t have quite as much material, but for a unit with so many stories to choose from, taking our time was the way to go! There are so many fairy tales out there that we can repeat some of the same stories next year and pick from many more options based on what we want to cover or what Aria is interested in studying.
Aria’s favorite activities were making and delivering Gingerbread Men to her teachers at Preschool Prep, making marshmallow playdough for our Hansel and Gretel unit, the fairy tale activity cards (she loved “reading” them to me and watching me act them out), and simply reading the stories themselves! I have a fairy tale treasury, but I found some great “Little Classics” at the dollar store for almost all of the units that we did, and Aria would sit quietly and ask questions during those stories. I have greatly enjoyed watching her get more and more excited about reading! I think this month has really motivated her to try and read more on her own. I’ve seen her sit and “read” aloud to herself or read to Skylar, and while she doesn’t know what she is reading for the most part, she does seem to remember the stories and is able to tell the basic storyline of fairy tales based on the pictures. She also has better letter recognition. There is nothing like the power of reading and rereading books to your child.
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Jessica and Ana
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