For a second grade fairy tale/language and arts block I read Anusha The King of Ireland’s Son by Padraic Colum, as I also did for Elki when he was younger. It was nice to revisit this story with Anusha, and Elki also enjoyed listening to it for a second time.
Each day we read between 10 and 20 pages, depending on Anusha’s interest. The next day Anusha would draw a picture to illustrate what we had read the day before in her main lesson book. Mostly I had drawings pre-prepared for her to copy but occasionally Anusha preferred to draw together. At the start we were drawing with crayon, which I actually really enjoyed. I find crayon gives a simplicity to the drawing and the forms arise more easily but Anusha became frustrated with not being able add enough fine detail, so after a few drawings we changed to using pencil.
At the beginning we also started writing short summaries about what we had read. It became obvious very quickly that Anusha was not enjoying this and finding it laborious, and at this stage I did not feel it was important to push, and was happy for her to recall and record what we’d read through her artwork.
Below is how we recorded the story. My drawings are above, with Anusha’s below.
The King of Ireland’s Son riding his horse, with his hound at his heel, and his hawk on his wrist.
The King of Ireland’s son places the Ring of Youth over Fedelma’s heart and life came back to her.
The King of the Land of Mist plucks a branch of Hawthorne to place Fedelma into a slumber.
Curoi, the King of the Munster Fairies, turned the King of the Cats and the Eagle Emporer into stone.
On the shore of the lake The King of Ireland’s Son met the little Swallow people.
The King of Ireland’s Son came to the Old Woman of Beare’s house.
Rory the Fox brought the crystal egg to Old Mother Hatchie. (I misplaced my drawing for this)
Sheen followed the corpse of the Hunter King through the Burning Forest
Gilly of the Goatskin listened to the Swan of Endless Tales.
The King’s daughter, Flame-of-Wine brought coals from one of the great fires.
Flann brought the Rose of Everlasting Smells to Flame-of-Wine.
The King of Ireland’s Son battled the King of the Land of Mist with the Sword of Light.
Fedelma lay in a mesh net with tresses of her hair fastened to the wall and the Hawthorne fresh beside her.
Flann came to the house of Crom Duv and met Morag the byre maid. All around were yellow cats guarding the Fairy Rowan tree, cattle and Morag’s little red hen.
Caintigern the queen gave each of her seven brothers a bit of bread with a piece of the handkerchief in it that contained Morag’s seven drops of heart’s blood, and they were restored to their human forms.
Fedelma and the King of Ireland’s Son, and Flann and Morag were married and they feasted for six days.
And that was the end of the tale! Alongside this main lesson we also continued with form drawing, revising the letters of the alphabet, and Anusha intermittently worked on her poetry book.