Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Spring Break Camp Planning - Fables

Next week I am teaching the Waldorf Fables main lesson block as a Spring Break Camp. This block is one of my absolute favorites to do as a camp! I am planning for 15 fables but we may not get to all of them. I have a younger group (ages 6-9) and an older group (ages 12-15). The younger group has projects which are a bit simpler, and we will do one fable in the morning and one in the afternoon. The older group has projects which are a bit more complicated and so they will have one fable for the day. I'll be flexible as needed, of course. I often find that the older children are really interested in the "younger" projects and have just as much fun with those!

I just placed my Amazon order for supplies and I'm choosing the recipes next. I have borrowed the Jerry Pinckney books for The Lion & the Mouse and The Tortoise & the Hare over and over from the library so I decided it was finally time to purchase them. And when I went to order them I discovered that in 2015 he added a third book: The Grasshopper & the Ants. I usually use Amy Lowry Poole's book for this fable because the illustrations are gorgeous and I love her retelling, but I'm excited to compare them, especially in terms of setting.

Note: I chose the Stockmar golden uncolored modeling beeswax because it is suggested specifically in one of the books I read about modeling. I believe it was Michael Howard's excellent Educating the Will, which is available free from the Online Waldorf Library. He suggests having modeling materials be uncolored so the child is focusing purely on the modeling experience and not also having a color experience.

As far as recipes go, I think doing it every day would be too much but I'd like us to cook Mon / Wed / Fri. All our recipes need to be gluten free and vegan.


Need to Buy:

    russet potatoes
    drawing paper
    wooden spoons
    natural sponges

    I have so many art and handwork materials on hand that I don't need to buy much! Oh, and I need to get the recipe ingredients, of course.

Recipe List:

Fables List:

    The Milkmaid

    The Fox and the Stork

    Foolish Words: A Jataka Tale

    The North Wind and the Sun

    The Fox and the Grapes

    Juno and the Peacock

    The Lion and the Mouse

    The Ants and the Grasshopper

    The Bear and the Bees

    The Crow and the Pitcher

    The Tortoise and the Hare

    The Great and Little Fishes

    City Mouse, Country Mouse

    The Salt Peddler and the Donkey

    What Kind of Bird is That?

I'll be sure to post ALL our activities for each fable but many of the activities will be taken from my earlier experiences teaching these fables (which you can find on the Animal Fables page of my website if you want to go and peek there in advance). And I have three new fables: "Juno and the Peacock," "The Salt Peddler and the Donkey," and "What Kind of Bird is That?"

This post contains affiliate links to the materials I actually use for homeschooling. I hope you find them helpful. Thank you for your support!

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