Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Aesop: The Wolf & The Kid

Part of our Sonlight curriculum includes reading the wonderful fables from The Aesop for Children.  I absolutely love the full-color, beautiful vintage-y illustrations.  Aesop's Fables always have a moral to the story which are great for family discussion, but we also enjoy diving deeper into the stories to discuss the characters, environment, culture, etc.  My children love acting out stories as well, and sometimes want to draw a comic book of what they've just read.  Here are some ideas for you to use to expand upon these stories. I'll be adding to these. You'll find them under the label "Aesop's Fables".

The Wolf and The Kid

Before reading, you may want to discuss some of the following with your children:

1. Female goats are referred to as does or nannies, intact males as bucks or billies; their offspring are kids. Note that many goat breeders prefer the terms "buck" and "doe" to "billy" and "nanny". Castrated males are wethers. Goat meat from younger animals is called kid or cabrito, and from older animals is sometimes called chevon, or in some areas “mutton”.  (I think it goes without saying that I would leave out the bit of intact/castrated.) [Information from Wikipedia]

After you read, you may want to talk about:

1. Goats are reputed to be willing to eat almost anything, including tin cans and cardboard boxes. While goats will not actually eat inedible material, they are browsing animals, not grazers like cattle and sheep, and (coupled with their natural curiosity) will chew on and taste just about anything resembling plant matter in order to decide whether it is good to eat, including cardboard and paper labels from tin cans. [Information from Wikipedia]

2. Goats have an intensely inquisitive and intelligent nature: they will explore anything new or unfamiliar in their surroundings. [Information from Wikipedia]

- Coloring Pages (one) (two) (three)

More Aesop's Fables coloring pages located at this site.

1 comment:

bri said...

Ah, your blog posts always make me want to homeschool our future kids :)