Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common-sense. ~ Beatrix Potter, The Complete Tales
Spring is a perfect time to talk about rabbits. The Easter Bunny is quite popular – after all he brings chocolate – but my favorite rabbit is Peter. I love all things Peter Rabbit. Beatrix Potter is someone whom I admire not only for her writing, artwork and imagination, but also for her love of nature and passion for life and conservation. I really would have loved the opportunity to share an afternoon walk or time by the lake for some conversation and to watch her work. She’s one of those people whom I feel a natural connection to and really would loved to have known personally. The closest I can come to that is through her work and learning about her life. These are all resources I have used to do that for myself and to help my son learn about the wonderful world of Peter Rabbit she created.
A good series to use for introducing Peter Rabbit characters to young children is the Peter Rabbit Seedlings books. They target toddlers/preschool aged children and have simple, colorful and fun short stories.
DVD Series: The Complete Beatrix Potter Collection DVD 2-Pack (Vol. 1 & 2). I love these! The first volume features five stories and the second volume has four. Each of the nine stories begins with a live action scene replicating Beatrix in time period costume and scenery. The live action leads to the animated story. Toward the end of the animated story, another short live action scene is featured to tie everything up. It is a well produced series from GoodTimes DVD that offers a nice blend between Beatrix Potter and her stories. I highly recommend them.
“Meet the Characters” week ~ Pick out five characters from the series using this interactive list and present one each day. Then read a story featuring them.
Story It: Have the child imagine they are Beatrix Potter’s assistant. Have them create a new character and brief story to go along with it using this primary journal form.