~Fairy Tale Magic ~


Me oh my!  How magical fairy tales are as a curriculum organizer.   It still amazes me how well the fairy tales carry all the major facets of curriculum.  Take a peek at my Goldilocks and the Three Bears:


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I have sought out and found the very best projects, activities and ways to integrate the fairy tales into my curriculum.  It works seamlessly.  It produces amazing results.  Here’s a few of the reasons why:

  • When we bring the arts to the Fairy Tales – we bring the fairy tales to life.  It is what I call a living education.
  • Think of it like this – the more senses you engage – the more anchors you create in the brain.  The arts anchor information, topics, subjects, stories into the brain.  The arts weave together the pieces and create understanding.  It provides a dynamic access to student ownership.  Pair that with fairy tales and Whoa!
  • The Fairy Tales  are timeless for a reason.  Children adore them.  They work.  They are food for the soul of childhood.  The Fairy Tales bring back a soulfulness to education.

My First Annual Summer Institute Opens in three days.  I am finally going to share my fairy tale work.  It is so comprehensive that it has been a challenge to find the right venue.  I think I have found the perfect place.

I am offering sessions on these fairy tales:

  • Little Red Hen
  • The Three Pigs
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • The Three Bears
  • The Elves and the Shoemaker
  • The Gingerbread Man
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Two of Everything (Chinese Tale)

In these sessions I am sharing my comprehensive approach – detailing the framework I use that integrates all the major areas of learning. 

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  1. lyngoff says:

    Hi Sally,
    This sounds great. Is it the same thing as the “Once Upon A Time: A Fairy Tale Curriculum for Early Childhood.” that I did with you last year?

    • Sally says:

      It will be different in the way I present it. I am giving workshop participants my “menu” of options to pick and choose from when working with these fairy tales. Whereas, when I attempted to explain everything I do and how and when – it was too many details!

      What I find so hard is to tell someone what I do each year because so much is determined and adapted to the class needs.

      I feel this will be a much more open and dynamic way of presenting it. AND people can ask me questions where if I put these in TpT – it would not be as much dialogue.

      It will cover 8 full fairy tales.

  2. themeekmoose@gmail.com says:

    I really like you’re planning visual for the three bears. My school’s curriculum is designed around inquiry planners- and our first one is How We Organize Ourselves- it’s pretty much an economics unit. This picture has given me some good inspiration when it comes to this, and also how to interweave it throughout my day, and not just inquiry time. And as far as a fairy tale to go with it- I was thinking the three pigs would work splendidly- with a little tie in to available resources 😉


  3. Katie says:

    Hi there – I check out your blog frequently and LOVE it!! Question…I am a state licensed teacher – I now homeschool my 4 children – and I need to take so many hours of course work to renew my license. Have you ever offered your courses in conjuction with any unversities so that teachers can earn that credit? The courses they offer are so awful – don’t apply to anything – all about incorporating technology into the classroom. This course is so perfect. Really great. I will most likely sign up for it anyway:-) But just wondering if you could offer your courses for credit. Thanks.

    • Sally says:

      I hope to one day offer credit – it is on my top 10 list for the next year!

  4. I love fairy tales. I also believe they help children with emotional development and problem solving. So glad to see some other individuals using fairy tales!

  5. Herb Miska says:

    Hi: At a local auction a couple of months ago we were the successful bidders on 7 large original illustrations for what appear to be fairy tales, only one of which we can identify: Jack and the beanstalk. We were wondering whether we could e-mail you photos of the others and you might be able to identify some of those? The artist, W. J. Michael was obviously very accomplished, but a Google search didn’t produce any results. The paintings appear to have been done in the 20’s to maybe the 30’s judging by the condition of the illustration boards. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Herb and Donna Miska

    • Sally says:

      Absolutely! Send photo of fairydustteaching@rocketmail.com. I will see if I recognize the fairy tales! How fun! I own a collection of old fairy tale books and readers as well – so I have seen many illustrations from this time.

    • corey says:

      My mother just showed us what she believes is an original watercolor, it is jack and beanstalk by W J Michael, want to share pictures of these, maybe we can solve the mystery!?

      • Herb Miska says:

        I finally got back to looking at the Fairydustteaching website and noticed that there is a comment by Corey regarding an illustration of Jack and the Beanstalk by J.W. Michael. I’m still trying to get some background info on this illustrator. Could you email me a picture of the illustration your mother has?
        Herb Miska

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