Stories and Crafts From Around the World

Each day will follow a general pattern, beginning with introducing the story and the culture behind it.  Then we will talk a little about the culture, read the story, talk about the story, and then do an art project.

1st sample: “The Creation of Man”, a creation story from the North American Native Americans.  This story is about a council of animals trying to create man, and each believing that his own form is the best form.  This results in a fight, but the coyote is clever enough to solve the problem by incorporating different parts of all the animals.  In this story, each animal creates a man out of clay that he believes would be the best.  Hence, as this art project we will provide clay and everybody will create a new creature that they believe incorporates the best part of all the animals they know.  They can also name the animal, give it a personality, etc.  At the end we will all share about the creatures we created and talk about their different features.

2nd sample: Aesop’s Fables from 5th century B.C. Greece.  We will read a selection of Aesop’s fables, including “The Fox and The Grapes”, “The Crow and the Pitcher”, “The Lioness”, “The Tortoise and the Hare”, “The Birds, the Beasts, and the Bat”, and many others.  We will then talk about the morals of each of these individual tales and how they are often used as a basis for other tales around the world.  For the art project following these stories we will have options for making different types of animals, for example, using a Toilet Paper roll to make a bat or making a 3 dimensional tortoise.

3rd sample: Following the last lesson on Aesop’s fables, we will read “the Tale of the Name of the Tree”, a story from Bantu.  In this story, loosely based on “The tortoise and the Hare” there is a tree who’s fruit may not fall until you say the name of the tree correctly, however the tree’s name is “U-wun-ge-lay-ma” and all the animals sent to the tree to collect the fruit kept forgetting it.  The quickest, swiftest, and most clever animals were sent out to the tree, however, the animal that finally remembered the name of the tree was the tortoise with his slow and steady pace. As an art project to go with this tree we will make tree silhouettes and name each of them.

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