When Michael and Mrs.Applebee awoke in the morning, the sun was shining through the window. Michael looked around from his bed. Mrs. Applebee was still sleeping and Michael decided not to wake her. He went over the the big chair that stood in the corner of the room and looked over at the window. He decided something must be hiding there, for just above the flowers on the windowsill there was a green head with a tiny bit of hair on it. Michael was a bit scared and a bit excited. Suddenly there was a noise coming from the door. Someone must be at the door! Mrs. Applebee woke to the noise. She went over and opened it.
"Good morning! Hello, Pansy!" she said.
Michael knew this must be the next fairy.
"Is Michael here?" the Pansy fairy.
"Yes, dear child, we'll be right out!" called Mrs. Applebee in reply.
"Who was that?" asked Michael
"It was our next fairy," said Mrs. Applebee with a wink.
Now, Michael wished that he had seen the fairy. Mrs. Applebee and Michael left the cottage. They walked about half of a mile to a large garden with different colored flowers in it. Michael saw the flowers and thought he had seen them somewhere else.
"This is Pansy, Michael!" said Mrs. Applebee.
"Hello!" said the fairy cheerily.
"Hi!" answered Michael "May I hear your song?"
The fairy sung her song:
Pansy and Petunia,
Periwinkle, Pink -
How to choose the best of them,
Leaving out the rest of them,
That is hard, I think.
(...the rest is in the Flower Fairies Alphabet)
Then Michael remembered, "My mother and I planted pansies in our garden last fall."
"Yes!" said Pansy, "I visit your mother's garden frequently and check on the pansies there."
"Well I'd love to meet the saint who goes with this lovely garden!" said Michael.
"You'll have a saint soon enough," said Pansy dancing around her garden with a pansy flower in her hand.
"What is that you are doing?" said Michael as Pansy danced around him. "I am dancing the waltz. It is my favorite dance!" said Pansy. "One, two, three...one, two, three... " the fairy hummed.
"And now, she said with a flourish of the special book, it is time for me to tell you a story about a saint. His name is Patrick," the fairy smiled as she pulled her red book from behind one of her blossoms.
"Ooh.... That's a nice saint. I have a friend named Patrick. He lives across the street from me and we're best friends. I wish he could be here with me," said Michael. The Pansy fairy handed Michael one of her beautiful flowers and said goodbye. Michael could not wait to see the next fairy.
Presentation: You can use the drawing of St. Patrick 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 P in the St. Patrick picture as an introduction to letter formation. Have the child trace the P with his or her finger. Practice the Letter P by copying the model drawing. Older children can draw the picture of of St. Patrick as well and use the song of the Pansy fairy as copywork. Sing the song as well and soon it will be memorized.
Continue reviewing what we've learned. This week we will add the letter "L" to our alphabet main lesson book. Ask your child to consider the things in the world that begin with the Letter L. 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, spend some time on the Flower Fairy site. 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:
Art: Using the illustration in The Flower Fairy Alphabet Book, ask the child to sketch the The Pansy Fairy in the main lesson book. A younger child can color the The Pansy 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 PEACOCK for the "P" 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. The full image of Madonna and Child with Saints can be seen here.
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. )
Don't miss Donna's darling wee felt St. Patrick!
Pray for Priests--O Jesus, eternal Priest, keep your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart, where none may touch them. Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Your Sacred Body. Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with your Precious Blood. Keep pure and unearthly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood. Let Your holy love surround them and shield them from the world's contagion. Bless their labors with abundant fruit and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here and in heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown. Amen.~ St. Therese of Lisieux HT: Jessica
The Lord is My Shepherd
Read about these saint in the Loyola Kids Book of Saints:
Blessed Padre Pio
St. Peter Claver
St. Paul Miki
Blessed Peter To Rot
Ideas for "P 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.)
For the Love of Autumn (To be released August 14 2008)
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.
Pita Pizzas: Coat pita bread with pizza sauce, cheese, and your favorite toppings. Place in oven on cookie sheet or baking stone at 325 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Cupcakes with Candied Pansies:
To candy flowers from your garden: Violets and pansies can be candied whole. Roses should be separated into petals. Most recipes for candied flowers call for the use of raw egg whites. Because of the danger of salmonella, I recommend using a confectioner's powdered egg white instead.
Mix powdered egg white according to package directions (equivalent of one egg white).
Spread a cup of superfine sugar in a flat bottomed pan. Carefully dip each flower into the egg white, then press into the sugar. Use a fork to gently turn the flower so that all surfaces of the petals are covered. Lift out of sugar and lay on a screen or drying rack till completely dry. Apple and cherry blossoms can also be candied the same way. These can be stored in the freezer.
Pecan Pie: You can find a traditional recipe plus lots of variations here.