We are currently in the middle of a language arts block, so I'm weaving it in to our circles and main lessons. The kids really thrive on stories, so they have been the main focus of all our circles so far this year, and the stories of Saint Michael and George and the Dragon are such great stories I really couldn't wait for the end of September to get here.
Saint Michael is known as the Saint who conquered the "dragon" in heaven, a saint who gives strength to people, and a Saint who represent victory over evil. Some stories say during his battle, he banishes the dragon from heaven, and the dragon falls to earth. Michael then creates an earthly body of his spirit in George to fight the dragon on earth and protect the people from evil.
I love the focus on conquering the dragon, celebrating inner courage and strength. During the week we will be focusing on identifying some of our personal dragons and how we can overcome them. On the feast day, September 29th, we will have a small knighting ceremony to celebrate conquering our "dragons".
I couldn't find any stories that had both stories woven together, so I had to create my own. I found some inspiration from this free ebook on waldorflibrary.org . It has a few nice stories to tell young children. I find they really focus on harvest, and less so on courage and bravery, so I really just took snippets and ideas to weave my own story together.
I used a variety of the toys we had at home as props, but I did purchase a dragon because the one I attempted to make just wasn't cutting it.
|The villagers hiding from the dragon in the castle.|
|George and the princess battling the dragon.|
|George getting knighted by Saint Michael for his kindness, courage and bravery.|
For main lesson work we moved to the table and drew shields with the oath written on them. My kindergartener really wanted to write the words herself, and I was really impressed with her attempt!
|Michael and George conquering the dragon.|
Tomorrow I will post the story I told, in case anyone else wants a story with a bit of a different take.
What will you be doing to prepare for the Feast of Saint Michael?