This whole block was like a fairy tale. Everything we did seemed enchanted. And the best part? I didn’t plan any of it. It all just kinda happened. I knew I was onto something magical when I showed Jude the cover of The Wise Enchanter by Shelley Davidow. He had been asking me what we were going to do for his last block, and I told him we were going to read a story about the alphabet. When he saw the book, he looked at me with these big eyes and said, “It’s the prince. He grew up to be a wise enchanter.” I didn’t exactly know what he was talking about at first. Then I realized he was remembering the story I told him during his first letters block. It was a faux fairy tale about a prince and a wise woman who go on a journey. I had not realized how deeply the story and the characters had been for him. Quick to recognize a gift when I see one however, I said, “Yes, of course it is. We are going to see what happens now that the prince has become a wise enchanter.”
Jude loved this story from start to finish. It is about 4 children, all of whom are around 7 years old, who embark on a quest to rescue all 26 letters of the alphabet and therefore language itself. At the end of every chapter there is an illustration of each letter in picture form. After finishing a chapter, Jude and I would trace the letter with our finger. He was very solemn and ritualistic about this, and I just held that space for him. We took about 3 weeks to read it and created our own “magic book” similar to the one described in the story. I think The Wise Enchanter by Shelley Davidow would be perfect to read during the end of grade 1 or during the beginning of grade 2. It is a solid story full of adventure and magic, with a definite – but not overbearing – Waldorf influence.
And now for the giveaway! If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Wise Enchanter, leave a comment below telling me the best book you read this year. It can be either an adult book or one for a child – or both!
I’ll announce the winner on Friday, June 14. Good luck!! And the winner is Amy! Over at Amy Learning to Love! I loved reading all the book suggestions and have added a bunch of them to our summer reading list. Thanks to everyone who left a comment.
- The Wise Enchanter, Shelley Davidow
- Created a magic book of postcards including all 26 letters of the alphabet
- Created little alphabet cards with uppercase and lowercase pairs of letters to hang on the wall
Click the image below if you would like to see all the blocks we have done for grade 1 this year.