Michael skipped along the grassy path, his hand comfortably tucked inside Mrs. Applebee's. Every so often, he would inhale the sweet smell coming from the growing bouquet in his other hand. Now, he was getting good at spotting the fairies in the flowers and he looked carefully to see who he would find next. Before long, a sturdy, laughing little boy fairy peeked out at him from among some bright red flowers.
"This is Double Daisy Fairy, my darling, dancing boy!" exclaimed Mrs. Applebee, her facing dimpling with delight at the sight of her son.
The Double Daisy Fairy did a darling dance and sang his song, much to Michael's joy. When he was finished, he plucked a perfect fresh daisy from amidst his little clump and offered it to Michael for the birthday bouquet.
"Ah, D is for daisy! These are dear little flowers! Do you have a story from the book of heavenly friends to share with me?" Michael asked hopefully.
"Indeed, I do!" said Double Daisy delightedly, retrieving the book from a clump of daisy leaves. "I have a story of good saint who was a great preacher, but a very humble man who understood that we need to love people and to show them how much God loves them, too."
Michael thanked the fairy for the story and for the perfect daisy for his mother's bouquet. With another delighted giggle, the dear Double Daisy Fairy sprung to his feet and scurried away under a clump of daisies. Michael tucked his hand inside Mrs. Applebee's once again and looked off down the path, eagerly anticipating the next introduction.
Lesson Plans: You can use the drawing of St. Dominic in the book as a visual when telling this story. ( Download dancing_daisies.pdf )You may want to print it on card stock and add it to your child's main lesson or sketch book. It can be added to your child's main lesson book as well.
Language: Use the Letter D in the St. Dominic picture as an introduction to letter formation. Have the child trace the D with his or her finger. Practice the Letter D by copying the model drawing. Children can use the small poem in the Catholic Alphabet of Saints for copywork and use The Song of the Double Daisy as copywork, too. Sing the song as well and soon it will be memorized.
The Kelly family is adding in learning different signs for each letter they are studying.
(Don't try to do it all--these are options for science and nature study)
- After the story has been told, spend some time on the Flower Fairy site. (if you need help navigating the new Flower Fairy site, click here for a tutorial) You can research the botanical information and plant indications and record them in a sketchbook or main lesson book. Or perhaps you would prefer flower storybook paper for letter writing practice and copywork. (An older child can do this independently, but a younger child can give an oral narration which you write or keyboard for him or her.)
- With your older child, you might choose to work through Apologia's Discovering Creation with Botany. Read a section and then ask your child to narrate the information in his main lesson book. Always encourage your child to illustrate his narrations. Work on the experiments that you feel would be most beneficial for your child. Take a picture of the finished project and add it to his main lesson book. The pace at which you move through this book is not as important as the child having an opportunity to really understand the material. Go at your child's pace.
- We've had great success encouraging older children to take their flower narrations well beyond what is provided at the Flower Fairy site. These children are able to truly appreciate the vast varieties of flowers and to to see God's creativity when they consider the lilies of the field.
- For some children, a living books/picture book approach seems to resonate and be more meaningful than any other approach. Consider choosing meaty picture books to teach the same concepts. If you choose to pursue this course of study, here is a science-themed picture book study for this letter: D is for Dinosaurs
- D is for Dinosaurs: A Prehistoric Alphabet - Todd Chapman
- Ten Terrible Dinosaurs - Paul Strickland
- Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs: The Definitive Pop-Up - Robert Sapuda
- National Geographic Dinosaurs - Paul Barrett
- Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages - Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
- How Big Were the Dinosaurs? - Bernard Most
- Fossils Tell of Long Ago - Aliki
- Dinosaur Dream - Dennis Nolan
- Big Book of Dinosuars - DK Publishing
- The Dinosaur Alphabet Book - Jerry Pallotta
Art: Using the illustration in The Flower Fairy Alphabet Book, ask the child to sketch the Double Daisy Fairy in the main lesson book. A younger child can color the Double Daisy Fairy in the Flower Fairy Alphabet Coloring Book .
From this week on, we're adding in the element of Picture Study by using a beautiful picture book titled Museum ABC by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. D is for dance and Degas is our focus this week. Even if you don't have the book, spend some time looking at the painting Ballet Rehearsal on Stage with your child.
Really look at the picture. Soak in the details. Ask your child to narrate with a prompt such as, "Pretend that I am going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the first time and want to find this painting. What details could you give me so that I could more easily find it?" Keyboard the narration and ask your child to sketch the work of art. A younger child can copy the painting while an older child can narrate from memory and discover how much detail he remembers by attempting to sketch it from memory. Over the course of this unit, consider collecting the narrations and sketches in a single album and create your own family art history book.
(The goal of Picture Study is to train the eye toward the beautiful. Biographical information about the artist is secondary. Set the work of art as your family computer's wallpaper or screen saver or print the painting on card stock and display it on the refrigerator. After spending time with a picture and really taking the time to look at it, your child will make a connection. There is no need to explain a great deal, especially to a young child. Allow the child to make his own connection with the art. However, if you'd like to incorporate a beautiful picture book on Degas this week, consider reading Degas and the Little Dancer by Laurence Anholt.)
Faith: Read the poem about King David in Letters from Heaven. You
might want to consider reading a more detailed account of young David's
story in a Children's Bible. You can download the watercolor of King David here (Download d_is_for_david.pdf
) and use it as a visual when telling this story. You may want to
print it on card stock and add it to the child's main lesson or sketch
book. A coloring page is also available here (Download david_coloring_page.PDF
) for download. It can be added to your child's main lesson book as well.
Use the Letter D on the lyre of King David as an introduction to letter formation. Have the child trace the lyre with his or her finger. Practice the Letter D by drawing King David and his lyre.
Read about St. Dominic de Guzman in the Loyola Kids Book of Saints
Ideas for "D Week:"
Author Study: D is for Tomie de Paola
Suggested Books for Read-Alouds and Narrations (These are to be narrated both verbally and artistically. For the younger children it is often fun to keyboard an oral narration for them and then ask the child to illustrate the printed page.)
The Daisy Series by Jane Simmons
The Burgess Flower Book for Children includes an adorable story about the Daisy titled "White and Yellow Cousins."
Suggested Books for Independent Reading (These are for older children to read and narrate over consecutive weeks. Allow your older child to illustrate his or her narrations. Expressing oneself both verbally and visually is a peak of communication.)
Writing (These will be assigned over many weeks for the older children. You need no prior knowledge of the IEW method to use this book.)
Imitation in Writing: Fairy Tales-Ali and the Suntan's Saddle
Fun for the Little Ones
Remember to check back throughout D Week for main lesson book samples in the sidebar albums!