I’ve been doing a lot of planning for our upcoming school year. One of the things that I’m meditating on right now is ideas for working with the little, little ones. Galen in particular gets impatient with being left out of our formal school day (he’s been known to park himself next to his brothers, jumping up and down, while chanting, “I want to do school work, I want to do school work!”).
One thing that I know I want to commit to is a seasonal story with props or puppets. The story board above is to go with the story “The Sea Stars” by Suzanne Down. Both the story and instructions for making it can be found in the Summer 2010 issue of Living Crafts magazine.
Galen helped me to make the felt base (and Màiri Rose thought she helped), and then I needle felted the images on top. Suzanne’s version has two fish, but Galen liked the idea of a sea turtle. I’ve had sea turtles on my mind since reading an article about how of all the creatures affected by the oil spill, their story may be the most tragic. So the turtle seemed fitting to me.
I hung our finished project on our homeschooling room/playroom wall where it’s ready for many days, weeks and possibly months of sharing a beautiful story with my babes.