I will be teaching a co-op class on folktales this fall. The course is six sessions long (45 minutes each) for six- to eight-year old students. I’ll be covering tall tales, fairy tales, fables, myths, and legends. I have collected some stories and created mini-posters with definitions for folktales in general and the five different types I’m covering.
Does anyone have any good ideas for activities or sites that might help with the lesson planning? I’d even like to hear which stories you would recommend as I have not yet finalized my choices for stories to read. Any input would be welcome.KaylaParticipant
We really like reading the same tale from different regions to see the differences. We are currently reading Cinderella for each region we study.Alicia HartParticipant
American Tall Tales by Adrien StoutenburAlicia HartParticipant
Also……The Blue Fairy Book by Lang
Oh, I remember reading the Blue Fairy Book when I was a kid! I knew exactly where the entire series was on our library’s shelves, and I took them all out one-by-one.
Thanks for all of the suggestions.
Alicia, I ordered a copy of American Tall Tales from our library, but it lists Mary Pope Osborne as the author. I don’t see anything there when I search for the author you listed. Are there different versions?missceegeeParticipant
I have the Mary Pope Osborne version and really like it. I also like reading the same tale from different regions, but I agree you need an activity to go along in a class. It can’t be all reading. With younger classes, I’ve used Story Steretchers books to gather ideas for activities. One must be careful to look for process not project activities.Wings2flyParticipant
Jan Brett’s books are nice. There are activity ideas on her website:
Wow, that is a great resource for all kinds of activities! Thanks for sharing.
You’re right, I have to choose activities carefully. I’ve been a helper in a few of our co-op classes where there was too much “busy work.” The co-op is comprised of Christian homeschool families, but they use a variety of methods to homeschool their children–not all Charlotte Mason. My classes are usually a good opportunity to work on the habit of attention while teaching the lessons.
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