The story, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, has been around a long time. This was one of the stories read to me when I was little. This familiar folk tale presents a variety of activities one could do. One could learn about opposites, comparatives, and concepts of same and different.
I had borrowed a copy retold by Jim Aylesworth. It had lovely 19th century children’s book illustrations and a witty story line. It talks about Goldilocks’s character: “[She] was a very, very good, except that sometimes…she forgot to do things that her mother told her not to do…and that would lead to much more serious trouble…very like the trouble that happened on the day of this story.”
After reading the story, I shared with Hannah why she should listen to her parents (otherwise it might lead to serious “trouble”…). So every time she gets into mischief, I would remind her of the story and she would (most of the time) stop whatever she was doing or was trying to do.
On the same note, we discussed whether it was right for Goldilocks to wander into people’s houses uninvited, touch people’s food and use people’s things without permission. The story provided an excellent backdrop for me to explain the importance of good manners and respect for others.
For our activities, I invited Hannah to set the table for the three bears. This was a lesson on comparatives and math. Starting with the biggest Papa Bear’s bowl and spoon to the smallest Baby Bear’s bowl and spoon.
We learned opposites as well. This was a good follow-up from our previous story, “The Foot Book”.
- “hot” and “cold” – Papa Bear’s porridge vs. Mama Bear’s porridge
- “hard” and “soft” – Papa Bear’s bed and chair vs. Mama Bear’s bed and chair
- “loud” and “soft” – Papa Bear’s voice vs. Baby Bear’s voice
- “big” and “small” – Papa Bear’s things vs. Baby Bear’s things
This book has become one of Hannah’s must-read every day. Do you have a favourite folk tale or a list of must-read folk tales to your child?