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Introducing Shakespeare plays to early elementary school aged kids can seem daunting and to some even a waste of time. I hope that once you see how easy it is to do, that you'll also open your heart to how incredibly enriching it will be for you and your kiddos to add this to the rotation of literature to learn at home and start that deep seeded love for one of the most, if not THE, greatest writer in the English Language!
In the video below, you'll get a glimpse of my 1st grader narrating a small portion of Midsummer Nights Dream with the aid of a few home-made peg dolls to playact her narration. Truly the best and easiest way to incorporate learning about Shakespeare plays are with the following two books that put all the plays in story-form allowing young readers the opportunity to come to understand the stories in a more simplified way. Thank you so much to the Ambleside Online Organization for recommending these awesome books! Personally, we went with Edith Nesbit's book, but I've heard wonderful things about Charles Lamb's book as well.
Here are some of the materials I used in the video to make our home-made peg dolls:
Do you incorporate any creative ways to help your kiddos narrate at home? I'd love to hear more about what works for your family!
Up soon on the blog will be how we incorporate some Montessori inspired learning for our little 2 year old and how his big sister in YR1 Ambleside Online Curriculum helps him out to start learning what's on her schedule.
See you soon!
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