Fairy Tale Lane Revisited: A walk through the alphabet

Sigh. I have had a really hard time getting my groove on this year blogging-wise. What I really need to do is to make a blogging schedule, but for some reason I have been dragging my feet on that. Maybe that can be today’s hard thing.

Our fairy tale mural is, sadly, a thing of the past. It kept falling down and no matter what we tried—tape, sticky tack, foam tape, those wax clippie thingies—I just couldn’t get it to stay on the wall. And because it was on a wall by a staircase, it got trampled when it fell and…. well, you know how it goes.

There were actually a lot more pictures on it before it fell down, but for some reason I can’t find any photos. Boo!

alphabet, Art, Montessori, Reggio Emilia

How I help my toddlers learn the alphabet



Don’t click out. I know what you’re thinking—Waldorf-inspired homeschoolers do NOT teach their toddlers the alphabet. Uh uh. No way. No how. No chance.

Let me back track for a second.

One of the things I love most about being a homeschooler is that I can be as eclectic as I want to be. Waldorf is my first love. It speaks to my heart like no other method. But I like to borrow from other approaches as well. I love the methodical organization of Montessori. I love the cycles and rhythms of the Classical Curriculum. And thanks to a series of posts over at Fairy Dust Teaching, I’ve been falling back in love with the beauty and project-based approach favored by the Reggio Emilia method.

alphabet, Homeschooling, Musings

Alphabetical Order and Awakening the Spark

We’ve been enjoying our little trip down fairy tale lane. The hardest part has been keeping the mural from falling down!

Our mural with the letter D “Magic Door”

This year, I’ve decided not to teach the letters in alphabetical order. I had several reasons.

First, I wanted to start with his name letter, since that’s pretty important to him.

Daniel has some speech issues so I wanted to start with some easy sounds first and space out the letters/sounds he has difficulty with.

alphabet, Homeschooling

Opening the Magic Door… Kindergarten!

Happy First Day of School!

What’s that you say? You’re not celebrating the first day of school yet? Well, technically, I guess we aren’t either. I’ve been counting educational field trips and stealth learning since the beginning of July. But today was our official first day of school. You can tell because we had hot fudge sundaes.


This year I am homeschooling an eighth grader, a sixth grader, a third grader (who was under the delusion that he was in second grade) and a kindergartener. I will be doing this with two toddler twinkies running around and without the assistance of any mood-enhancing drugs. At least that is the plan.

alphabet, Homeschooling, Kindergarten

D, E, F, Gee!

A continuation of our alphabet journey, begun here. Again, these are just things that caught my fancy or inspired me.

Fairy Tale: Hansel and Gretel
Book: Hansel and Gretel
The D is the door of the oven. Later, the letter H can be seen in the house.
I love this little wooden play set.
Little play dolls
A Hansel and Gretel paper craft— definitely needs a good deal of adult help, but it could be fun!
Lots of gingerbread ideas here.
And how cute is this Hansel and Gretel fabric?

alphabet, Kindergarten

A B See!

I wanted to share some of links for inspiration I’ve found while Nicholas and I have been wending our way through Fairytale Land, learning the first three letters of the alphabet. They aren’t even necessarily things I’ve made or done, just beautiful and inspiring!

Fairy Tale: Star Money
Book: The Falling Stars ill. by Eugene Sopko
The A is found in the star, and is also the sound we make when we see great beauty: “Ah!”
A Star Money transparency
Star Money beanbags on Etsy
Star Baby on Etsy
Felt Star Crown from BellaLuna Toys
Kinderkram Falling Stars mobile– We actually have this one. This is my favorite fairy tale in the world!