The Study of Aesop's Fables for Your Montessori Environment

The Study of Aesop's Fables for Your Montessori Environment

The Study of Aesop's Fables is a wonderful addition to your Montessori curriculum. And the best part is that you can find them free online and in the library!

Why Is Exposure to Aesop's Fables Important to Children's Character Development?

Here some activities you can do/make:

1. Tell stories/fables at circle time
2. Read fable story books at story time
3. Put on fable puppet shows
4. Make fable characters and puppets. Recommended: Hand Puppets: How to Make and Use Them by Laura Ross; Look What You Can Make With Paper Plates.
5. Draw the fable characters (younger children can use the metal insets or stencils)
6. Write the names of the characters, make labels, flash cards (younger children can copy them)
7. Write a fable or write about a fable (younger children can tell a fable or do a puppet show)
8. Put on a play.

The Study of Aesop's Fables for Your Montessori Environment


Books from the library to put in your book corner.
Recommended:
The Lion and the Mouse (Step-Into-Reading, Step 1) by Gail Herman.
Picture Book Classics Series books and Usborne First Reading books by Mairi (RTL) Mackinnon.

CDs from the library.
Recommended:
Aesop's Fables for Children: Includes a Read-and-Listen CD
Classic Stories with Songs (Aesop's Fables) by John Stegman

Introduce Aesop at circle time (for elementary age place Aesop on the timeline--600 BC).
Recommended:
Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter by Seth Lerer.
Aesop on wikipedia.

Aesop's Fables By Month (from a handout and by a local Montessori teacher):
Online collection: AesopFables.com

Month One (September):
The Peacock and the Crane
The Wolf and the Mountain Goat
The Mouse and the Bull
The Grasshopper and the Owl

Month Two (October):
The Lion and the Bull
The Two Frogs
The Fox and the Crow
The Child and the Nuts

Continue reading this post in my Read and Write the Montessori Way PDF, which includes access to my on-line language photo galleries and more!

You may also be interested in my recommended Montessori and homeschool books for parents and teachers on Amazon.com or my Montessori and homeschool programs at Montessori for the Earth.

~Lisa Nolan

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