Michael and Mrs. Applebee left the Jasmine Fairy and wandered around to the other side of the pond. Michael, remembering that the Iris Fairy had told him he'd soon meet the King of the Marsh, was watching carefully. And soon, his keen observation was rewarded. He saw a regal fairy beneath some small yellow flowers.
They walked a little further and the golden fairy came over to them. He was holding the hand of a little elf that looked just like him.
"Hello! My name is Michael and I knew I'd see you soon. the Iris Fairy told me so. You must be the King of the Marsh. May I hear your song?!" Asked Michael with an excited clap.
"Why of course!" said the fairy, "but I must tell you a little bit about myself. I am the Kingcup fairy and this beautiful pond is my kingdom. My little friend here will sing the Song of The Kingcup Fairy for you:
The Song of The Kingcup Fairy
Golden King of marsh and swamp,
Reigning in your springtime pomp,
Hear the little elves you've found
Trespassing on royal ground:-(...the rest is in the Flower Fairies Alphabet)
The wee elf finished with a regal bow and Michael clapped delightedly and asked, "Do you have a saint to share with me?" he asked the king.
"Absolutely!' boomed the king. "I am going to tell you the story of a saint especially dear to the fairies of the marshland. We call her the Lily of the Mohawk. She is Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, a native American who became a Christian and was brave and true even when others were cruel to her." The king showed Michael the picture as he read Blessed Kateri's rhyme from his red book. When he finished, he gave Michael a cluster of yellow flowers from his collection.
"Michael, remember the bravery of Blessed Kateri. Even very young Christians can be brave and faithful with God's grace and God sheds his grace abundantly." Michael nodded solemnly and thanked the king and waved happily as he wandered down the path with Mrs. Applebee.
Presentation: You can use the drawing of Blessed Kateri (pictured below) as a visual when telling this story. ( Download king_of_the_marsh.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 K in the Blessed Kateri picture as an introduction to letter formation. Have the child trace the K with his or her finger. Practice the Letter K by copying the model drawing. Children can use the small poem in the Catholic Alphabet of Saints for copywork.
The Song of the Kingcup Fairy makes fine copywork as well. Sing the song as well and soon it will be memorized.
Continue reviewing what we've learned. This week we will add the letter "G" to our alphabet main lesson book. Ask your child to consider the things in the world that begin with the Letter G. Ask her to illustrate them in her main lesson book and label the pictures. You can write the word for your child to copy if necessary. In Stephen's example shown here, he included words that are signed in the Signing Time Alphabet Song, which is the alphabet song he hears at home. The lyrics are here on page 6. If you have not yet made salt dough letters, now is the time to catch up. We are going to use those letters later along the alphabet path. If you are just beginning, you might consider letting your child paint the consonants green and the vowels gold (or yellow) to match the stems of the flowers in the story. All the flowers for the vowels will have golden stems.
(Don't try to do it all--these are options for science and nature study)
- After the story has been told, you can research the botanical information 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. K is for "Kingdom" and we'll take this opportunity to study how plants and animals are classified:
- What Is the Animal Kingdom?
What Is a Mammal?
What Is a Living Thing?
What Is a Plant?
What Is a Reptile?
What Is an Arthropod?
What Is a Bird?
What Is a Fish?
What is an Amphibian?Classification of Life
Art: Using the illustration in The Flower Fairy Alphabet Book, ask the child to sketch the The Kingcup Fairy in the main lesson book. A younger child can color the The Kingcup Fairy in the Flower Fairy Alphabet Coloring Book . Perhaps on another day the child could model the fairy or flower with modeling beeswax. (Sources of excellent quality modeling beeswax can be found on the right sidebar.)
This week's picture study is Virgin and Child . The Museum ABC focuses on kisses on the "K" page. It's interesting to look carefully at just one segment of the painting in the book. The children can discuss what they think the rest of the painting might look like before you show them the print. Do take some time to click on the link provided to see and print the whole picture. Here is some information on the painter.
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. )
Faith: Read the short biographical information about Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha in An Alphabet of Catholic Saints.
There is more biographical information here.
Make a Wee Felt Saint of Blessed Kateri. Use your imagination to come up with symbols that tell the story of her life. If several children are making saints, consider adding saints from the liturgical calendar to your collection, as well.
More books to read:
Blackbirds' Nest (St. Kevin)
Read about Katharine Drexel in The Loyola Book of Saints.
Download PDF of St. Katherine here: Download alphabet_path_katherine.pdf
Ideas for "K Week:"
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.)
K is for Keats. This week, we'll do an author study of Ezra Jack Keats:
The Snowy Day
Whistle for Willie
A Letter to Amy
Regards To The Man In The Moon
My Dog Is Lost!
Keats's Neighborhood: An Ezra Jack Keats Treasury
Katy and The Big Snow
Mrs. Katz and Tush Katie Meets The Impressionists
Katie's Sunday Afternoon
Katie and the Spanish Princess
Katie's Picture Show
Katie in London
Katie and the Sunflowers
Katie and the Dinosaurs
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.)
If you would prefer not to use a writing program, simply have your children narrate to you. Select a story from the picture books (the Elsa Beskow ones work particularly well) and ask the children to re-tell it as completely as possible. Alternatively, use a story from the fairy tale anthologies.For younger children, mom keyboards as the children tell the story. Older children are encouraged to write or keyboard for themselves. An older child's story is a great place for proofreading and editing practice. Older children also explore the imagery and symbolism of the genre.
All children should illustrate their stories. Stories written by younger children can be used for reading practice. The written narrations are used by all the children in our families for Lively Language Lessons.
Serendipi-Tea Time Recipes
Katie is insisting upon McDonald's for Kiddie Cones and that will work for ketchup, too.
King Cake: Colleen, writing from Louisiana on Mardi Gras shares, Here's a simple way to get a relatively good version...use store bought cinnamon rolls, unroll them and form three strands to braid. I use two cans and double the length of the strands...braid it and shape into a ring then bake...drizzle with provided glaze, then sprinkle with purple, green and gold sugar you dye yourself. We can buy King Cake and zillion different flavors and styles down here and we still prefer this version.
Remember to check back throughout K Week for main lesson book samples in the sidebar albums!