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Tales and Trails: Europe Description

Tales and Trails: Europe is the first module in the curriculum, which will take you and your learner on an action packed tour of the world. Through the captivating folktales found in A Bedtime Full of Stories, by Angela McAllister, young learners will not only be immersed in the cultures and geography of each tale’s country, but will also be excited to cover:

  • literacy
  • numeracy
  • science
  • nature
  • creative arts including handwork
  • foreign language
  • physical activities
  • composer and artist studies
  • music
  • mindfulness

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  This 14 week cross-curricular module is packed with engaging, creative and hands-on activities. We also provide a booklist and poetry suggestions. The only essential book for the whole curriculum is A Bedtime Full of Stories.

Tales and Trails is aimed at learners between 5 and 8 years old, and can be used in its entirety or for selected subjects; it is also perfect for family, multi-age learning. Our philosophy is to provide plenty of practical opportunities that will lead to rich discussions and deep learning. Subjects are woven together to promote interdisciplinary learning and allow connections to be made. We also consider this curriculum to be rigorous, in terms of the way we have carefully planned for systematic and logical progression in each curriculum area throughout the module.

The subsequent modules will each be based around a different continent. Tales and Trails: Asia is the second module in the series and is available in the shop from July 2023

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In each of the seven units (each scheduled for two weeks), you will cover:

Literacy
  • 2 creative narration activities (one for reviewing, and one for recording the story)
  • 8 phonics/spelling, reading, writing and grammar lessons
  • 2 readers at different levels
  • 2 copywork pages at different levels
  • 1 writing prompt to be completed in partnership with the educator
  • discussion questions
  • suggested poems for poetry teatime
  • suggested books for extending learning
Numeracy
  • 8 lessons sequentially building skills in
  • Numeration (becoming confident with quantities 1 – 10; starting to work with 11-100; identifying even and odd numbers; skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s)
  • Operations (using whole-part circles and ten frames to solve simple equations; number bonds up to 10)
  • Geometry (identifying 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes; exploring symmetry)
  • Measurement (exploring how to use non-standard units of measurement and using a ruler)
Science
  • 1 big question with a fun (and simple to prepare) experiment or activity
  • several ideas to prompt exploration of the concept
  • a set of discussion questions to build understanding
Nature
  • 2 or more activities that build upon the unit’s science topic
  • additional nature study ideas linked to the unit’s story
  • 1 activity that explores a native tree
Humanities
  • 1 activity to explore the geography of the country
  • 1 activity to explore the culture of the country
  • 1 recipe
  • 8 phrases in the country’s language
Foreign language
  • 10 phrases in French (with audio)
  • 10 phrases in Spanish (with audio)
Creative arts
  • modelling prompt
  • form drawing activity
  • wet – on -wet watercolour activity
  • handcraft activity
  • 2 creative projects for story narration (as mentioned in literacy)
Composer and artist study
  • 1 painting by the module’s artist-in-focus to study, with discussion questions
  • 1 composition by the module’s composer-in-focus to study, with discussion questions
Movement
  • 2 physical activities such as yoga, dance, aerobic activities, co-ordination activities
Mindfulness
  • an activity linked to being present, building empathy, or managing emotions

Our resources

Our secular resources are the perfect fit for eclectic home educators. Inspired by a unique blend of educational approaches we offer a rich, engaging, rigorous experience for young learners. Underpinned by evidence-based best practice for the core subjects, we weave in: a wealth of creative activities drawing from Waldorf; practical, tactile and child-led opportunities influenced by Montessori; a feast of ideas and subjects in line with Charlotte Mason; and projects and suggestions for learning outdoors inspired by Forest School.

Tales and Trails

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