Michael and Mrs. Applebee walked down the Alphabet Path until they reached the next fairy. While she was a very pretty fairy indeed, her purple and green dress was tattered and torn. With an endearing smile, she sat calling to any fairies that passed "Buy a cheese!" Michael was puzzled about what this meant.
"Why would fairies want to buy cheese?" he thought to himself, though Michael did love cheese.
The purple and green fairy turned around and saw Mrs. Applebee, "Dear Mother, of course you'd like to buy one of my cheeses!" she said with an expectant giggle.
"Of course I would, dear one, but today I'm here with Michael. We are wandering down the Alphabet Path!" said Mrs. Applebee, beaming back at the fairy.
"My goodness! You have already traveled half way? You are already to the letter "M?" clapped the fairy excitedly.
"Yes!" said Michael, matching her enthusiasm. "What is your name, "M" fairy?"
"I'm the Mallow Fairy, your 13th fairy, it's true!! I sell cheese to all kinds of fairies and here is my song:
I am Mallow, here I sit
Watching all the passers-by.
Though my leaves are torn and tattered,
Dust-besprinkled, mud bespattered,
See, my seeds are fairy cheeses,
Freshest, finest, fairy cheeses!
(...the rest is in the Flower Fairies Alphabet)
She finished with a delighted grin and a clap of her hands.
"Why, I love cheese!" cried Michael "My favorite is mozzarella!"
The Mallow Fairy shared some mozzarella cheese with Michael and Mrs. Applebee.
"Michael," said the Mallow fairy, "M is for Mozzarella!"
"Yes that's true!" said Michael with a smile.
"And, " she continued, "M is for Michael!"
"Oh goody!" said Michael "M is for Michael! M-I-C-H-A-E-L! Michael!"
"Michael is one of God's special angels and it's such an honor to be named for him. Do you know what else M is for?" asked the Mallow Fairy. "Martin de Porres, Saint Martin de Porres! He is the saint I'm going to introduce to you." And the Mallow Fairy read about St. Martin de Porres from her red book. When she was finished, she gave to Michael a sweet pink flower to add to his bouquet. Michael and Mrs. Applebee thanked the Mallow Fairy for the flower, the story, and the mozzarella and went merrily on their way!
Presentation: You can use the drawing of St. Martin de Porres in the book (and pictured in a child's example) as a visual when telling this story. 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 M in the St. Martin de Porres picture as an introduction to letter formation. Have the child trace the M with his or her finger. Practice the Letter M by copying the model drawing. Older children can draw the picture of of St. Martin de Porres as well and use the song of the mallow fairy as copywork. Sing the song as well and soon it will be memorized.
Read the story M is for Mallow, Mozzarella, Michael, Martin, and More! to your child and use it for reading practice. Download a PDF copy of the story and add it to your personal Alphabet Path Storybook Download m_is_for_mallow.pdf
Continue reviewing what we've learned. This week we will add the letter "I" to our alphabet main lesson book. Ask your child to consider the things in the world that begin with the Letter I. 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. If you choose to pursue this course of study, here is a science-themed picture book study for this letter:
M is for Microscope and we'll focus on microscopes this week:
Art: Using the illustration in The Flower Fairy Alphabet Book, ask the child to sketch the The Mallow Fairy in the main lesson book. A younger child can color the The Mallow 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.)
For this week's picture study, Museum ABC focuses on monsters on the "M" 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.There's an entire picture book at this link to print and study.
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. )
Download PDF of St. Michael here:Download alphabet_path_michael.pdf
Copy and memorize the St. Michael Prayer. Consider doing an illuminated-style illustration.
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Make a Wee Felt Saint of St. Matthias or Maximilian or Martin. Use your imagination to come up with symbols that tell the story of his life. If several children are making saints, consider adding saints from the liturgical calendar to your collection, as well.
Read biographical information about St. Martin de Porres here.
Read about these saints in the Loyola Kids Book of Saints:
Bl. Maria Clementine Anuarite Nengapeta
Bl. Miguel Pro
St. Martin de Porres
St. Margaret Clitherow
Read about these heroes in the Loyola Kids Book of Heroes:
Venerable Matt Talbot
St. Maria Goretti
Medieval Mystery Plays
Focus on the Mass:
Present the Mass presentation from Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
The Weight of a Mass
Read The Mass Explained to Children
Use A Child's Missal extensively. These pages are excellent material for notebooking.
For further study of the Mass, create an Easter Vigil Notebook, using Alice's plans.
Ideas for "M 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.)
Author Study: Robert McCloskey
M is for Mother Goose (and the next letter is "N" for Nursery Rhymes, so hang on to those library books:-):
My Very First Mother Goose
Here Comes Mother Goose
The Real Mother Goose
Tomie de Paola's Mother Goose
Movable Mother Goose
These are the books on our shelves. Send me an email and tell me your favorites and I'll include them under "Nursery Rhymes" for "N" week
Older children can research the story behind the rhymes. They can make a notebook page with the rhyme carefully copied and illustrated and then a brief description of the history of the rhyme.
M is for Music:
Jane Yolen's Mother Goose Songbook
M is for Math:
Maria recommends Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose. This is a darling book of 24 counting rhymes. The possibility for math main lesson books pages is endless. Illustrate the stories, making number pictures as you go. Lots and lots of opportunities for counting here!
Is Your Mama a Llama?
Mirette on the High Wire
Night of the Moonjellies
Down, Down the Mountain
One Morning in Maine
Town Mouse, Country Mouse
Maples in the Mist
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears
On Market Street
If You Give a Moose a Muffin
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.)
For the next few weeks, children can dictate or write the stories told in the Mother Goose rhymes. That is, instead of reciting the rhyme, they can tell what happened in prose.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 (Breakfast and Dinner too!) Recipes
English Muffins with Mozzarella
Remember to check back throughout M Week for main lesson book samples in the sidebar albums!