As we continue our Medieval block, it seems only fitting to wrap up our knight studies on Michaelmas. Now, I'm not terribly traditional and we tend to take a laid back approach to festivals and celebrations, so today was just a celebration of knights and dragons and bravery. We just finished our knights lapbooks, so this was a great way to wrap things up.
First, we read Margaret Hodges' Saint George and the Dragon. I love all of her books, and this one is particularly fantastic. Great vocabulary and Ella loved the illustrations. After we read it we had a little talk about bravery and ways we can be brave, even without dragons to fight. You could introduce the dragon metaphor and ask your kids what their dragons are, but I didn't. Next year, maybe.
If you're looking for an explanation of what Michaelmas and St. Michael have to do with St. George and the dragon (I had no idea), there's a good post about that today at The Magic Onions.
Then, because I love the movie and I've been dying to watch it with Ella, we're watching George and the Dragon tomorrow night. I love James Purefoy. And really, it's worth it just for the horrendous accents and Patrick Swayze's mullet.
What we're not doing is making dragon bread. I think if I tried to form some sticky gluten-free dough into anything recognizable I'd break down and cry halfway through the process.