Michael and Mrs. Applebee didn't walk far before they saw a small pink fairy playing a pipe. "Why, hello!" said the small fairy. "I'm Ragged Robin. I bet you didn't guess that I am a prince, since my clothes are not fancy. In fact, they are quite ragged an that's where Iget my name. But no bother; who are you?" questioned the fairy as Michael strode up along with Mrs. Applebee.
"I'm Michael!" said Michael with a cheery grin. " I love meeting fairies and I don't think you look ragged."
"Why thank you!" said Ragged Robin. "I think we're going to have some fun! Would you like to hear my song?"
"Yes!" Michael answered enthusiastically. Then the Ragged Robin fairy sang his song for Michael.
"Oh!" said Michael "I think that'd be a great job--to sit out in the twilight and play on the reeds until there were no more fairies to dance to the music!" said Michael.
"Yes, " said Ragged Robin contentedly, "it's a wonderful job. Doesn't really feel like a job at all. Now I have a bit of a surprise for you..."
"Are you going to tell be about a saint?" asked Michael.
"I sure am. But first I want you to have this," said Ragged Robin as he handed Michael a reed just like his own.
"Now, I am certain I shall love you forever," said Michael appreciatively. "Thank you so very much! Who is the saint you will introduce to me?"
"Ah," said the Ragged robin with a giggle, "she is lovely St. Rose of Lima and I'm certain she could work miracles with my tatters and tears."
The Ragged Robin read from the red book and Michael delighted in the silliness of the the ragged flower and the seamstress saint.
Then Ragged Robin handed Michael one of his pink flowers, and as he played his reed, Michael and Mrs. Applebee strode away.
Presentation: You can use the drawing of St. Rose 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 R in the St. Rose picture as an introduction to letter formation. Have the child trace the R with his or her finger. Practice the Letter R by copying the model drawing. Older children can draw the picture of of St. Rose as well and use the song of the Ragged Robin fairy as copywork. Sing the song as well and soon it will be memorized.
Read the story "Ragged Robin the Reed Player and St. Rose" to your child and use it for reading practice. Download r_is_for_ragged_robin.pdf of the story and add it to your personal Alphabet Path Storybook
Continue reviewing what we've learned. This week we will add the letter "N" to our alphabet main lesson book. Ask your child to consider the things in the world that begin with the Letter N. 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. 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 Ragged Robin Fairy in the main lesson book. A younger child can color the The Ragged Robin 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 ROSE for the "R" 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 Young Lady With a Rose 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. )
Read about this saint in the Loyola Kids Book of Heroes:
Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
Ideas for "R 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.)
R is for Rabbit:
More "R" Reading:
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.
Red Beans and Rice ( I was going to share a recipe for this Louisiana favorite, but don't have one. I think it's just one of those things you know how to do when you're from Louisiana. I looked around online and Emeril's version seems pretty close to mine and includes much more specifics than I would've! Enjoy~ Colleen)
R is for Recipes:
This would be a great week to put all your favorite Alphabet Path recipes together in one place. Maybe you'd like to print them and add a section for them to your story binder or perhaps you might like to get crafty and decoupage a plain photo box with fun Alphabet Path artwork and images to hold your recipe cards. An older child could write out the recipes for copywork.