{PBL} The Fairy Project

It began late last fall. Gradually, a list of questions grew.

list of questions for fairy project at amyhoodarts.com

We went to the library to look up books in their computer, as you do, and came home with some that day and requested many, many others. Shortly after Christmas we were excited to find this book in a used book store, because we’d kept renewing our library copy:

fairyopolis

I need to compile a list of books my girl has found so far for this project so I can share them in another post. Our library search led us to The Fairy Ring, which I read aloud to both my homeschooled kids. My 9yo is just as interested in the magical and mythical, and fairies and their cousins the elves, goblins, etc, qualify, so he’s interested to listen along. The Fairy Ring is a nonfiction book that reads like a novel and tells the story of two cousins in early 20th-century England who posed a photograph with fairies. The younger cousin maintained all through her life that she did see fairies, but at the time, they were simply trying to get their parents to stop teasing them when they claimed they saw them. Word of their photographs gets around, and the situation becomes larger than they expected.

A Midsummer’s Nights Dream was mentioned in the book, so it’s been added to the reading list. That’s the way things go with projects.

G has lots of ideas relating to this project. She’s making a fairy comic, would like to plan a butterfly garden (in hopes that fairies are also attracted, since they favor the same habitat as butterflies), and she’s been looking through a book of fairy houses. She tells anyone who will listen about her project, and when she tells librarians, they often have books to suggest or, in one case, a friend who builds fairy houses on her front porch. That librarian said she’d see if her friend would mind if we visited.

G has also been taking notes. Sometimes, if she wants to record a lot of information at once, I write it. But mostly, she does.

taking notes for the fairy project at amyhoodarts.com

(toes!!)

I’ll keep you updated on this project, definitely. Just as I thought with my son’s monster project, this project is proof that project topics don’t have to be “real” or close by in order to provide huge opportunity for learning. She’s writing and researching, we’re reading, she’s drawing. She’s planning a garden and wants to build fairy houses in the spring (nature). We’ll be reading Shakespeare again soon. If a child is interested and curious, a topic is rich and can lead anywhere.

6 thoughts on “{PBL} The Fairy Project

  1. Jen

    Oh my goodness I love this!!! Ree is huge into fairies right now too. She is constantly building fairy houses with little things she finds around the house. Another book, if you haven’t seen it already, is “The Girls’ Book of Flower Fairies.” She got it for her birthday and I haven’t had much time to sit down with it & her yet but she constantly has her nose in it & has “made” quite a few of the projects in it.

  2. Michelle

    LOVE!

    Yes! Fairies love butterfly gardens! And oh the things you can do with just a pot a tiny little supplies … My girls aren’t into it much but I still love looking at my fairy garden Pinterest board. :)

  3. donna lee

    This is what learning is supposed to be! It’s a perfect example of how a child (or anyone) will follow their interests across all the disciplines.

    And Fairies is a perfect topic. I love a good pair of wings (and happen to own 2 pair myself)

  4. Melissa

    This is sweet and cool at the same time. By the way, if you didn’t know, there is a lovely movie based on The Fairy Ring. I’m not sure if it has the same title; I saw it many years ago. (Some time within the last 15 years.)

    1. amy Post author

      Yes! We found it on Netflix–The Fairy Tale, 1997, so well before the book (2012, I believe). The movie says it’s a true story, but it deviates quite a bit from the nonfiction account we read. New people were invented, others killed off… My kids liked the movie, though, and it’s always a good discussion, comparing/contrasting different versions of the same story.

      Thank you so much for bringing it up, in case we hadn’t found it. :)

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