Journey Into the World of Folktales Curriculum







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Posted on Feb 21 2014 - 1:00am by Jill
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It is with great happiness that I am finally able to share with you all my new curriculum: Journey into the World of Folktales.  This new comprehensive curriculum is just over 770 pages that covers 80 folktales from 75+ countries around the world.  This curriculum is perfect for children and students in grades Kindergarten through 5th.  Personally, I would say this curriculum has a lower end of advanced kindergartners because by their nature, some folktales cover topics that might not be appropriate for your kindergartner. As the parent and teacher you are the only judge if your child is ready for a folktale when you start learning about them. I created this curriculum to be modular, meaning none of the 80 chapters require you to do them in order.  Also, this curriculum is not all arts and crafts either, as there are other components that stress language arts and creative writing as well.  Younger children and students can focus on certain parts that are at their level, while older children and students can independently work on the units, lessons, projects, and studies. Each folktale also has some sort of activity that is themed to the folktale in a manner that is fun and reinforces what they just learned. I created this curriculum so that it can be taught to different grade and skill levels at the same time while not requiring each child or student to complete all the components if it doesn’t match their learning or your teaching style. 

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Before I get too much farther into the introduction of this curriculum, I want to say a deep thank you to E.H.M. Member’s Only Website Member Jena because she is the one who inspired me to create this curriculum.  She used my suggestion box and got the ball rolling.  She asked if I had or could put together something to teach and reinforce folktales.  After bouncing ideas back and forth in my head this curriculum evolved into what you see before you: 770+ pages of in depth lessons on 80 folktales from around the world!  As I started to research folktales it became abundantly clear to me that I could create a stellar folktale themed lapbook or mini-unit, but instead, I expanded the unit concept into the full curriculum I am unveiling here. 

So, why do folktales require a curriculum and not just a unit study, lapbook, or activity pack you might be asking? The answer is not a clear one because it could have been done in any format, but I wanted to dive into the educational value of folktales.  During my research I found a wonderful resource in Around the World in 80 Tales by Saviour Pirotta (make sure to check out his other books as well as he is truly a gifted writer), illustrated by Richard Johnson (an AMAZING artist with great talent). This awesome book outlines 80 folktales from around the world.  These are most of the folktales that we all grew up with, but presented in their original formats from their countries. They are presented in a format that almost any reader can handle and is accompanied by stunning illustrations as well. This book may be currently out of print but there are new and used versions widely available at low cost throughout the internet on sites such as Amazon, EBay, Barnes and Noble, your local library, and more. This is just one of the books that will be used and referenced throughout this curriculum. 

Sample Units

In the next two sections you should be able to see that the two provided sample units have similarities, but are different as well, all while this is still teaching your child or students reading and writing skills through analysis and reasoning in a fun adventure into the fantasy world of folktales. 

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To make this a comprehensive curriculum I have taken each folktale and dissected it in a way that will teach your child or student about the components of not just a folktale, but also the specific folktale’s factual basis.  To do this I have included elements of language arts, art, crafts, geography, social studies, and more based on each folktale.  Pictured above is the lesson on Japan.  Included in the Japan folktale lesson are the following components:

  • Research Facts About the Country of Origin
  • Locate the Country of Origin
  • What do you think this folktale will be about?
  • Theme – One of the Six Core Components of a Folktale
  • Who are the Characters in this folktale
  • What problem was presented by this folktale
  • Project – Make the King of Crocodiles
  • After reading the Folktale, how did your first thoughts compare? 

Journey Into the World of Folktales Curriculum - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

As another example, here is the lessons for the folktale from France. Included in this lesson are the following components:

  • Research Facts About the Country of Origin
  • Locate the Country of Origin
  • What do you think this folktale will be about?
  • Style – One of the Six Core Components of a Folktale
  • Who are the Characters in this folktale
  • What problem was presented by this folktale
  • Project – Puppet Show
  • After reading the Folktale, how did your first thoughts compare? 

PLUS there are tons of fun hands projects throughout this curriculum! For example, your child will be making their very own Alphorn:

Journey Into the World of Folktales Curriculum - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

As you can see, each folktale’s lesson will be tailored to learning about folktales, the country it is from, and provides unique learning elements inspired by the folktale itself to reinforce its moral it is trying to teach. 

Teaching through Personification 

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Just like all my other curriculum’s, this curriculum has unique and fun features as well. I took the time and created an Instructors Handbook for this curriculum as a separate document.  I also created some guides for children and students: the Junior Explorers.  Since this is a journey into the fantastic world of folktales and folktales usually involve animals personified, why not personify some characters to lead your journey?  Leading this journey will be the Explorers Beck and Elizabeth and their faithful companions: Trusty Gus, Captain Jack, and Cowgirl Jessie who are all working for the expedition sponsor, the powerful Princess Daisy.  Each character was developed to bring a fun component to the folktale lessons and act as guides along your Journey into the World of Folktales. There is even a fun craft project to create a Princess Daisy Express Delivery van to send progress reports back to the castle as soon as possible while you journey from country to country on your Journey into the World of Folktales. 

What Is Included?

Since you have seen a quick snapshot into the lessons and met the characters briefly, here is a comprehensive list of what you will find in my Journey into the World of Folktales curriculum: 

Journey Into the World of Folktales Curriculum - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Part 1 – Instructor Handbook

  • Table of Contents
  • How to Use This Curriculum
  • Folktale Checklist
  • Around the World We’ll Go (Original Song Lyrics)
  • Review Questions
  • Compare and Contrasting of Folktales
  • Journey into the World of Folktales Passports and Stamps
  • Princess Daisy Postcard Reports
  • Junior Explorer Introduction
  • Character Spotlights
  • Curriculum Bookmark
  • Final Project
  • Completion Certificate

Journey Into the World of Folktales Curriculum - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Part 2 – Curriculum

  • Table of Contents
  • Biography of the Author
  • Test Your Knowledge About Folktales
  • What is a Folktale
  • Personification
  • Real life versus Fantasy World Venn Diagram
  • 80 Complete and Unique Folktale Lessons
  • Supply Lists provided every 5 Folktales 

As you can see, this curriculum contains a lot of materials in its 770+ pages about what a folktale is, as well as lessons about the folktale’s country of origin and is filled with fun activities to entice your children and students as well. No two units will be alike, so each time the folktale will be brought to life, learned, discussed, and put into action through an activity that is hands-on and directly related to one of the six key elements of a folktale in a hands-on way designed to reinforce what they are learning in as fun as way as possible. 

Would You Like To Win a Copy For Yourself?

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Since I am so proud to bring you this curriculum, I would like to offer three giveaways! 

The first and second giveaway are for one luck entrant to win one FREE copy of the Journey into the World of Folktales Curriculum AND a FREE copy of the Around the World in 80 Tales book by Saviour Pirotta and for a second entrant to win a FREE lifetime Membership to the E.H.M. Member’s Only Website . Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of my disclosures.

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The third and final giveaway is open just to E.H.M. Member’s Only Website Members.  This giveaway is for one lucky entrant to win one FREE copy of the Around the World in 80 Tales book by Saviour Pirotta. To enter this giveaway simply log into the E.H.M. Member’s Only Website and navigate to the Curriculum Tab to see how to enter the special giveaway there. 

Thank you for taking the time to look at my introduction to my latest and greatest curriculum: Journey into the World of Folktales. Make sure to also check out some of my other original curriculum’s to help make your homeschooling, teaching, after school learning more fun:  

 

 

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  • Jill you have out done yourself again! I love it!

  • KLflutterby

    So happy for this!

  • Heather

    Just starting on the homeschool journey and this looks great!

  • This sounds so neat! I love old folk and fairy tales – I've been accumulating books (new and old) of them for a few years now. 🙂 Cassie at 3 Dinosaurs urged me over here to enter!

  • Jessica

    This is such a great idea! Thanks for bringing it all together. 🙂

  • Lid

    The journey into the world of folk tales looks amazing!

  • steedj

    Paul Bunyon or Johnny Appleseed, I think. Neither of which I have shared with my kiddos yet. Yikes!

  • steedj

    It's a toss up, the disney and berenstein bear units would be awesome but there are several things that look good to me!

  • Marci

    I think Paul Bunyan would be my son's favorite. I used to have a wonderful book of them as a child & I I have looked for another copy for ages to no avail. Wonderful stories!

  • Jenny

    I am excited to use all your curriculum!

  • Jenny

    My favorite folktale is The Princess and the Fisherman. It is a Romanian folktale.

  • Lisa

    Very neat! So excited.

  • The Nutcracker Ballet pack. I have two ballerinas at home.

  • Jena

    I would love to win a lifetime membership to your website. Your resources are such an asset to our homeschool curriculum!

  • tammy

    the weather detective book. we are starting to learn about how to tell what the weather is going to be.

  • Marion

    The rainbow serpent

  • MONICA

    I love Red Riding Hood!

  • Kristen

    Looks like so much fun.

  • Becky M

    I The Three Billy Goat's Gruff was my favorite folktale as a kid.

  • Jessica c.

    This looks great! I'm very interested in your 'Pack your Bags' lapbook series, what a fantastic idea!!

  • Jessica c.

    Oh and my favourite folktale? I'm not sure, I was never really read to as a child but since we've began homeschooling this year (in Australia, so we've only just started) I'll be making sure my children do not miss out! We do all enjoy reading the classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

  • Melissa S

    Hansel and Gretel

  • rachel crisman

    rumpelstiltskin is my favorite story..always has been and my son loves it too but his favorite is Jack and the Beanstalk but I think it's because his name is Jack too.

  • Deana

    I think the Pack Your Bags series looks like a lot of fun.

  • Karen

    Love the website and would love to do Learning our lessons with the Berenstain Bears. My littles love having us read them aloud and the books we have are the actual books my husband and I had growing up.

  • whereimaginationgrows3

    Pack your Bags series looks very interesting. Love all your work!! ~Lisette

  • Tasha

    I love almost all folk tales! As for which curriculum I would like most, it would probably be the story book artist one!

  • dana

    I love your site and use it often. Our favourite unite have been the ice princesses and the royal pack. Thanks very much for offering them

    • dana

      our favourite folk tale is the spider and the fly

  • sTEPHANIE BONDLOW

    My favorite folk tale is Paul Bunyan and his blue ox.

  • stephanie bondlow

    I would love to print out the Parade Unit! And the Dolce Sight Words.

  • courtney

    Your site looks wonderful! I'd love most of what I see! I think the folktales looks like a wonderful unit!

  • RavenThreads

    Probably either the folktales or the Berenstein bears

  • Diane

    That would be a tough choice. I have always enjoyed the Tall Tales but also like many of the Grimm's Fairy Tales. Probably Hansel and Gretal.
    Blessings
    Diane

  • Diane

    I would love to use your materials in a Cooperative Setting.
    Blessings
    Diane

  • Misty

    I'm looking forward to using the Early Learning Packs!

  • Althea

    Haensel and Gretel

  • Danielle

    Looking forward to winning and using this with my kiddos!

  • Haelee

    I would use almost all of the units.

  • zekesmom10

    Paul Bunyan and Babe the Big Blue Ox.

  • zekesmom10

    The boys will flip over the Clone Wars Creative Writing Prompts!

  • My favorite folk tale is hansel and gretel

  • Goldilocks and the three bears

  • t land

    For favorite folktale I have to divert to age of child. I do know that my son's favorite nickname for months on end was Paul Bunyan. I am a huge advocate of early learning and applying Christian principles that even the youngest understand, I look so forward to being blessed by winning the collection. Thank you so much for offering the giveaways. Due to financial constraints, I believe we may have to take our kids out of their current private Christian school. This is a great place to start.

  • What a great unit. I would love to win it!