Friday, March 28, 2008

Printable Scandinavian Children's Literature(Folklore & Fairy Tales) and Lessons

Selma Lagerlof, a Swedish writer wrote many wonderful Swedish fairy tales for children around the turn of the century. One of her books, The Wonderful Adventures of Nils Holgersson, published in 1909 was likened to Hans Christian Anderson. A very popular book of "Scandinavian culture of which reflects many of the traditional values of Scandinavian culture, such us love for nature, tolerance and playful learning. As a geography reader for elementary schools, Nils Holgersson's adventures transmit information to the children through interest, imagination and humour. As Nils travels over Sweden, children became familiar with the nature, climate, geography and culture, learning at the same time the importance of friendship, tolerance, and the belief in a good world." ~

The Wonderful Adventures of Nils Holgersson with illustrations and without(downloadable version).

Lesson plan for The Wonderful Adventures of Nils Holgersson.

Further Adventures of Nils

Shorter adapted selections from The Adventures of Nils from Children's Readers with discussion questions:

Jarro the Wild Duck, seventh grade.

The Story of Jarro, sixth grade.

Quotation lesson from The Essentials of English: Jarro the Duck

Hatto the Hermit, seventh grade.

The Elf from Evenings with Grandpa(not a reader), there is a bit of a discussion and built up before grandpa begins the story.

The Captive, fifth grade. We read this yesterday - very cute story about a squirrel.

The Winston Readers, four stories, third grade.

More from Selma Lagerlof:

Christ Legends (elementary - middle school)

The Outlaws(high school)

The Rat Charmer, followed by a Portrait of Selma Lagerlof. Fifth grade reader.

Glory Goldie's Fishing, fifth grade reader.

The City at the Bottom of the Sea, fifth grade reader.

Other Swedish stories:

For the Story Teller: Story Telling and Stories to Tell: The Cap that Mother Made. Elementary school.


Winston Third Grade Reader: The Little Ram and the Pig and East of the Sun West of the Moon, pages 112 - 123.

The Elson Third Grade Readers: The Princess Who Never Laughed

The Easy Road to Reading(second grade): GoodBrand

Fourth Grade Reader: The Ram and His Friends


Collections of Scandinavian tales:

Riverside Third Grade reader: The Farmer and the Hill-Man

Andrew Lang's Fairy Tales Index: Europe

Folk-Lore and Legends; Scandinavian

Popular Tales from the Norse

Viking Tales(elementary school)

All are free and in public domain. Printing Google Books: Follow the link, right click on the image of the page and print picture. It will print as a full sized page. Entire books are also downloadable.

What we(fourth grade) do with our printable stories:

- Underline all unfamiliar words
- Use dictionary to write definitions
- Write summary of story
- Proofread, correct and discuss
Easy and fun!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Free British Botanical Prints by William Curtis, 1790

Volume I

Volume II

Volume III

Volume IV

Volume V

Star of Bethlehem from Volume VII

Walter Crane's floral fantasy rendering of the Star of Bethlehem from book mentioned here. We have these in our graden, so pretty and very short lived.

Volume VI

Volume VII

Volume VIII

Periodicals include a description of each plant.

Free Art Nouveau Floral Fantasy Prints

These Art Nouveau English garden drawings from A Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden by Walter Crane, 1899 are so gorgeous. Best of all they are in public domain. Take a peak in the HTML format at the link. I downloaded the entire book.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Low Budget Healthy Family Meals

Easy homemade soups . Cream soup recipe here. Beef, chicken, and vegetable stocks.
Bouillon, Broth, and Stock on a budget. I've not tried this, but Living a Better Life mentions that using a pressure cooker can save money on utilities when cooking broths, stocks or other foods which require longer cook times.

More helpful budget recipe tips here. Explains how to cut corners on staples and save money.

Better Times living, cooking and recipes - encouraging slow food, frugal recipes and slow living. Lots to read.

Cooking the whole chicken recipes.

USDA Food Stamp Nutrition Connection Recipe Finder. Includes nutrition facts, cost per serving/recipe, and lets you add recipes to a printable shopping list. Here is an example of a recipe: Master Baking Mix from an Oregon Extension Service which is .21 cents per serving. Depending on where you live, some of the estimated prices per serving may be a little inflated. I think I could purchase these items at my Save-A-Lot grocery store for less than .21 cents per serving.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Free Primary Grade Lesson Plan and Printables for Each Month of the Year

This primary school teacher's periodical for January - December 1905 had some really cute monthly ideas for the lower grades. There are stories, blackboard suggestions(printable blackline pictures), poems, cutting and pasting activities, nature and drawing lessons, games, and much more. The month of March can be found on pages (111- 154)

To print page by page, simply right click on the image of the page and "save picture" or "print picture". You can also download the entire periodical to a PDF file(see top of sidebar at link).

To browse some of the pages, click here and then click on more for Selected pages. There are some super pictures for blackboard drawings done on a grid for easy copying. I'd use these for drawing lessons, coloring, or for a month by month notebook or lapbook. Look at this pretty one for May:

Monday, March 10, 2008

Free Kindergarten Printables and Lesson Plans for March

The Kindergarten for Teachers and Parents(1899), DRAWING, CUTTING, PAPER FOLDING AND PAPER TEARING FOR MARCH, pages 263-267, includes a winter story. The entire book is downloadable as well. This is a vintage book in public domain. Click here. To print after you click through to the book, just right click on the picture of the page, and "print picture".

I used Google Picassa to edit these blackline pictures. By cropping select pictures and printing with the Picassa print button, I was able to get enlarged copies of these images. I'm sure there are other ways to do this...I just couldn't find it using my printer. These blackline pictures are cute for coloring and cutting out. Browse through the table of contents; there are blacklines and activities for other months during the school year.

Lenten Recipes for Your Family

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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Novena to St. Joseph

March is dedicated to St. Joseph on the Catholic calendar.

O glorious St. Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, obtain for me a pure, humble and charitable mind, and perfect resignation in the Divine Will. Be my guide, father and model through life that I may merit to die as thou didst, in the arms of Jesus and Mary. Amen.

~Prayer Source: Year and Our Children, The by Mary Reed Newland, P.J. Kennedy & Sons, New York, 1956

Liturgical art courtesy for Esther's Fine Art Fridays.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

You Are Sunrise
You enjoy living a slow, fulfilling life. You enjoy living every moment, no matter how ordinary.
You are a person of reflection and meditation. You start and end every day by looking inward.
Caring and giving, you enjoy making people happy. You're often cooking for friends or buying them gifts.
All in all, you know how to love life for what it is - not for how it should be.

What Time Of Day Are You?

HT to And Sometimes Tea

Friday, March 07, 2008

It's for Him

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you
and them anyway.

~ Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

HT to Jean.

Lenten Fish Recipe

This is a personal recipe of mine that serves four.

Bag of frozen Pollack(five pieces)
Bag of frozen veggies - stir fry mix(unseasoned)
Two cups of rice
Seasoning salt, parsley, pepper and soy sauce
Big dollop of sour cream
A sprinkle or two of flour

Toss the frozen fillets in a pan, add oil and seasoning, dot the fillets heavily with butter. Flip once, about five minutes each side, then add the frozen veggies and soy sauce. At this point, I transfer my iron pan to the oven for a bit while I'm preparing the rice. Set oven at 350 degrees, or keep it on the burners on medium low with a lid.

Add two cups of rice and four cups of water to a sauce pan, add a little oil and salt, cover with lid, and cook on medium high until you see steam. Without lifting the top turn the burner down to low, and let it cook down for about 20 minutes. Lifting the lid causes the rice to cook improperly.

Once the rice is done, I take the pan out of the oven, place it on the burner set at medium low, add a big dollop of sour cream and stir, letting it thicken. I add a few sprinkles of flour to help this along. This goes quickly, then serve over your rice.

This is fast and easy...we had this dish tonight for supper - early dinner.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

The Official Ramen Homepage(Ramen Recipes)

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Tasty Variations of Rice and Bean Recipes

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Six Days of Economical Chicken Recipes

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Miserly Moms Frugal Recipes

Some of these recipes could be made even more cheaply by making your own ingredients instead of buying store bought items. For instance, cream of(insert)soup is easily made at home. To make cream of(insert)soup simply make a white sauce and add the main ingredient. Add some mushrooms for cream of mushroom, or a chicken bouillon cube for cream of chicken. You could extend this to any type of vegetable soup.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Monday, March 03, 2008

Memorial USA: St. Katherine Drexel - The Heart of a Woman; the Strength of a Saint.

The religious order of the Blessed Sacrament, for women, was founded by Saint Katherine Drexel solely for the education of American Indians and African Americans. She was born in 1858 to a prominent family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and later endowed her fortune to Catholic schools for the disadvantaged.

From Wikipedia: From the age of 33 until her death in 1955, she dedicated her life and personal fortune of US $20 million to this work. Katharine was beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 20, 1988. She was canonized by Pope John Paul II on October 1, 2000 to become only the second recognized American-born saint. The Vatican identified in Katharine a four-fold legacy: A love of the Eucharist and her perspective on the unity of all peoples; courage and initiative in addressing social inequality among minorities; her efforts to achieve quality education for all; and her selfless service, including the donation of her inheritance, for the victims of injustice.

More about her family and life at the Patron Saint Index.

Patron Saint of Wales, Saint David's Day: Eisteddfodau

From Wikipedia:

Saint David's Day (Welsh: Dydd Gŵyl Dewi) is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, and falls on 1 March each year. The date of March 1st was chosen in remembrance of the death of Saint David on that day in 589, and has been celebrated by followers since then. The date was declared a national day of celebration within Wales in the 18th century.

Children take part in school concerts or eisteddfodau, with recitation and singing being the main activities. Formerly, a half-day holiday was afforded to school children. Officially this custom does not continue, although the practice can vary on a school-to-school basis.

Many Welsh people wear one or both of the national emblems of Wales on their lapel to celebrate St. David: the daffodil (a generic Welsh symbol which is in season during March) or the leek (Saint David's personal symbol) on this day. The association between leeks and daffodils is strengthened by the fact that they have similar names in Welsh, Cenin (leek) and Cenin Bedr (daffodil, literally "Peter's leek").

Males usually wear leeks while young girls wear daffodils. The younger girls usually wear their Welsh costumes to school. This costume consists of a long woollen skirt, white blouse, woollen shawl and a Welsh hat.

From time immemorial the Welsh have worn a leek on St. David's day, in memory of a battle against the Saxons, at which it is said they wore leeks in their hats, by St. David's advice, to distinguish them from their enemies(Catholic Encyclopedia).

On March 1, 2008, upon the return of Prince Harry to England from Afghanistan, Prince Charles was interviewed and could be seen wearing a leek on the lapel of his suit coat.

The Welsh flag is always flown in honour of St. David on days in which he is honoured or commemorated. The flag with the cross is the flag of St. David. The Welch flag is the Red Dragon.

Thanks Dorothy! I'll add some stories to my Daffodil post.

St David: patron saint of Wales, Pembrokeshire, vegetarians, and poets. More about Saint David and the tradition of the leek at Catholic Encyclopedia.

Free printables for children in public domain referencing St. David :

3/1/08 - St. David's Day from The Every-day Book, published in 1839 London.

National Emblems
from Our Young Folks, published in 1872, Boston.

Mentions the discovery of St. David's relics which had been covered up with a wall after the Reformation: The Lives of Saints, published in 1868.

Illustrated story of St. David's Day from Peter Parley's Annual published in 1866.

British Goblins: Welsh Folk-lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditons, published in 1880. Not about St. David, but interesting legend about the Red Dragon and "whence it came".

Saint David, Archbishop, Patron Saint of Wales, from The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Other Principal Saints by Rev. Alban Butler, 1866.(older children)

Easier to read: Stories of the Saints with illustrations by Mrs. C. Van D. Chenoweth, 1907

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Daffodil(AKA: Lent Lily) Stories, Poems and Activities by Grade, Some Lesson Plans

Free printable stories, poems, (some with comprehension questions), games, and activities from vintage readers in public domain at Google Books. To print stories, follow link, right click on image of page and print image, not page.

Flower Children picture book.

Illustrated kindergarten Poem: Spring's Call to the Garden

Kindergarten verse, learning the months: The Garden Year

Second grade: A Daffodil Story

Second grade Christian reader: Spring with spelling

Third grade English: Poem, with questions and written exercise

The Daffodils by William Wordsworth(Poem only) Elementary and up.

Early Elementary game: Buttercups and Daffodils,and here as well in Ring Games and Frolics: The Game of Flowers. Similar to London Bridge.

Teacher curricular and activity suggestions for Wordsworth's poem, The Daffodils.

Early elementary: Teacher's manual for spring bulbs(plant section)

Lesson plan: Flowers for children over six.

Kindergarten: Children's embroidery pattern.

Kindergarten: Nature's Awakening. Bible study and lessons-John 12:24 and Cor. 15:55-57 with daffodil bulb.

Art, fourth grade: Drawing a daffodil

Prang's elementary teacher's manual for spring flowers. Third grade.

Fourth grade Catholic reader: Daffodils with questions and spelling.

Fifth grade reader: spring poem with comprehension questions.

Middle School: March, a poem

Seventh grade reader: The Daffodils by Wordsworth with questions.

Eighth grade reader: Persephone

High school: Of Gardens, by Francis Bacon(flowers, not specifically daffodils) no questions, just vocabulary.

Middle school - high school: Comstock's cultivated plant study, The Daffodils and Their Relatives.(Charlotte Mason)

Middle school - high school: Daffodils in March by R. Macaulay Stevenson and an Irish Poem, one by Robert Herrick, and here The First Daffodil, The Lent Lily or Lent Pitcher of Devonshire.(poetry only)

Middle school: Flower names

Middle school: Botany for Children: The Daffodil

Simple music sheets: Call of the March Wind