Take a Folktale Storybook Journey

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Posted on May 26 2014 - 1:00am by Jill
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I hope that you and your children have fun learning alongside the Poppins Book Nook participants. Last month we explored and created storybook activities around the topics of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. This month’s new theme of folktales is sure to bring some fun right into your home or classrooms from all around the world! 

Take a Folktale Storybook Journey - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

For this month’s theme I decided to pick a fun storybook with 80 folktales from around the world in it and my Journey Into the World of Folktales Curriculum that goes with it.  So, why did I create a whole curriculum about folktales and not just a unit study, lapbook, or activity pack? There are many reasons why, but I wanted to dive into folktales, what they mean, and how they are of educational value for children.  During my research I found a wonderful resource in Around the World in 80 Tales by Saviour Pirotta.  This book does an awesome job of outlining 80 different folktales from around the world.  Most of the folktales included are provided in their original formats from their countries of origins, while being presented in a format that children can handle and enjoy the wonderful accompanying illustrations. 

Take a Folktale Storybook Journey - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

To assist with teaching your children about folktales they will become Junior Explorers.  Since this is a journey into the fantastic world of folktales, I have used the technique of personification to personify some characters to lead your children on their 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 Princess Daisy.  Each character acts as a guide along your Journey into the World of Folktales. The curriculum is chalk full of unique art projects, special lessons, and fun additions to make your learning about folktales fun and enticing. Now get going before Captain Jack has something to say about it, arrgh! 

Take a Folktale Storybook Journey - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Each of the 80 folktales presented in the curriculum contain an element designed to focus your child on learning about not only the folktale itself, but also its country of origin and uses it to teach about the basics of folktales as well. As a complete 770+ page curriculum, it is split into two main sections: an Instructor Handbook and the Curriculum. The Instructor Handbook contains the following educational elements to assist you as the instructor and that are used throughout the entire curriculum:

  • Table of Contents
  • How to Use The 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 

The Curriculum itself contains the following educational components to teach your children about the 80 Folktales from Around the World:

  • 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 

In general, each lesson is split up into various components.  Each of the lessons in unique in what it presents, but they are all focused on teaching your child about folktales.  In one unit you may be creating a themed art project; whereas, in another you will be writing a creative story of your own in a similar fashion to the folktale you just learned about. Each unit also contains elements centered on the country or culture that the folktale originated from. 

When you start out using this curriculum, you are introduced to the author, Saviour Pirotta, by doing the biography report included in the curriculum. We researched the author and found out that he has authored over 100 children’s books, has loved folktales since he was a child in Malta, and loves to visit school classrooms to spread his love of folktales.  Once that lesson was completed it was time to see what we know and want to know about folktales through the use of a K-W-L chart like Beck is doing here: 

Take a Folktale Storybook Journey - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Then we started to learn about what a folktale is. To accomplish this, the curriculum dives into what the meat and bones of a folktale should be. Topics of plot, character, setting, etc. are introduced, explained, and reinforced to ensure your child understands the basics of what a folktale is. As soon as you start the first folktale on your journey, you will learn about personification, plot, and characters from the folktale ‘The More the Merrier’ from the United States. There are more components to folktales, but these were the only ones presented in this unit as I tried to vary each unit to make it unique and fun for children. Included is also a section about the country of origin and an activity too: 

Take a Folktale Storybook Journey - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Then, once we were done we just could not forget to mail Princess Daisy her post card with all the facts her royal highness demands on it like Elizabeth was doing here in our Princess Daisy’s Royal Express Delivery Van: 

Take a Folktale Storybook Journey - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Since each unit is different, here is another example of a project from the folktale ‘The King of Crocodiles’ from Japan: 

Take a Folktale Storybook Journey - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom


Additionally, some units are total different then others like this example of the lesson materials from the folktale ‘The Miller’s Son’ from France: 

Take a Folktale Storybook Journey - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

So, as you can see, each unit has a different set of tasks, crafts, lessons, and learning components designed to teach your child about folktales in a way that is reinforced over the course of the curriculum, but not repetitive in each unit. The different components of each unit will help entice your child to learn about folktales, remember the stories, and have this reinforced in fun, hands-on ways. 

Hopefully your child can become a master at what a folktale is with the inclusion of this curriculum in your learning adventures.  Princess Daisy awaits, so head out with the Young Explorers and start your Journey into the World of Folktales today! 

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Thank you for taking the time to read about our storybook fun with the storybook the Around the World in 80 Tales by Saviour Pirotta.  Here are some other folktale themed story books that your child may enjoy: 


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Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom’s Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama 

Journey Into the World of Folktales Curriculum Bundle Giveaway

Poppins Book Nook Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a copy of the E.H.M. curriculum Journey into the World of Folktales (PDF) and one copy of the book that is required to teach it called Around the World in 80 Tales by Saviour Pirotta to further their learning all about folktales. 

Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here {http://enchantedhomeschoolingmom.org/disclosures/}.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win: 

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