I am so excited to have joined Enchanted Homeschooling Mom and many other wonderful bloggers in the 2014-2015 Poppins Book Nook! The Poppins Book Nook is a monthly themed virtual book club for kids ages preschool and up. Each month participants will read a book based on that month’s theme and share crafts and activities that go along with the book on the last Monday of every month. It’s a great way to learn about different topics and build literacy skills. Check out all the wonderful posts linked up to April’s “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” themed virtual book club!
The theme for May’s book club is Folktales. I’ll admit when I first saw this I thought, “I don’t know if I can pull this one off, what the heck is a folktale?”.
I remember learning about folktales when I was in school, but I couldn’t give you a definition for the life of me! So off to Google I went to refresh my memory. According to wisegeek.org a folktale is
a type of traditional story that tries to explain something, or which is meant to help people behave well in the world. Such stories usually are fiction-based with magical or supernatural elements, and they often are woven around talking animals, royalty, peasants or mythical creatures. Initially passed down through oral tradition, they were a major means of educating and entertaining
I am so excited to share those exciting folktales I remember from school with Caden. Some stories I enjoyed include Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill. Here is an index of Famous American Folktales. What’s your favorite folktale?
And since we are using the Before Five in a Row curriculum and reading The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss, I might also read some garden themed folktales such as:
- Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens
- Grandma Lena’s Big Ol’ Turnip by Denia Lewis Hester
- The Giant Cabbage: An Alaska Folktale by Cherie Stihler
- The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis
- The Giant Carrot by Jan Peck
I hope this gives you some great ideas to get you started on your own reading of folktales! Be sure to stop by Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s May Introduction (on May 2nd) post for more great ideas, book suggestions and a new FREE printable lapbook to go along with this months Poppins Book Nook!
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Emma @ P is for Preschooler says
I’m glad you posted this – I needed to be reminded what a folktale was too! The suggestions were especially helpful! 🙂
Kristina @ School Time Snippets says
Thanks so much for the ideas and sharing what a Folktale is! I wasn’t exactly sure ; ) Excited to see you using B4FIAR- hope you are enjoying it!
Folktales haven’t been a common inclusion in our reading, so this has been an interesting theme to explore. Your stories that include gardening are perfect for this time of year. Our squash plants now have blossoms, and we are looking forward to harvesting vegetables.