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<p>Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Fables and Fun:Voyage Through the Runic Islesby</p> <p>Jody Jarvis and Kim Merritt</p> <p>They may be misplaced, forgotten, or misdirected, but in the heart of every man is a desperate desire for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue... Not every woman wants a battle to fight, but every woman longs to be fought for...Every woman also wants a adventure to share...And finally, every woman wants a beauty to unveil... The way we handle the heart is everything. A man must know he is powerful; he must know he has what it takes. A woman must know she is beautiful,; she must know she is worth fighting for.</p> <p>John Eldredge, Wild at Heart</p> <p>PrefaceThis adventure is a jumping off point. Do not use it exactly as written. Adjust it, modify it, add to it, subtract from it make it your own adventure. Within these pages you will find more possible activities and ideas than you will have time for. And you and your children will come up with new ideas on your own. Pick and choose wisely those you wish to do. And be sure that it is not you who are choosing all the things to do, but rather allow your children to pick what they want to do. We learn best when it is something we choose to learn. Above all else, give your children an educational adventure to match their potential for greatness in this world. Work hard to inspire them to love learning, to seek out adventure in their education, and to become the heroes and heroines of their own life stories.</p> <p>AcknowledgementsWe would like to thank the people who have helped us to accomplish the writing and publication of this adventure. Our thanks to: Karen Kindrick Black and those mothers who worked with her, years before us, to develop the EPIC Adventure ideas. The other mothers in our homeschool groups who were our guinea pigs and who also contributed many ideas that we had never thought of ourselves, especially Darla Gallew for her many contributions. Our own families who allowed us the time to write and study and research. Our husbands Kenyon Jarvis &amp; Mike Merritt. And to our children who lived this adventure with us: Schyler and Pierson Jarvis, and C.J. Merritt</p> <p>Your workis to discover your work and then with all your heart to</p> <p>give yourself to it.Buddha</p> <p>Table of ContentsPreface Acknowledgments Enlightening Explanations Theme EPIC Education Teaching the Theme Plot the Year Invite Your Children Along for the Ride Opening Day Presenting Key Points Inquiries Adding Accoutrements Managing the Mood Dressing the Part Visitors Field Trips Travel Log Colloquium Hero's Journey Charts Sojourn Souvenirs Year End Celebration The Curriculum Component 1 Sleeping Beauty Component 2 The Ranger's Apprentice Component 3 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Component 4 The Phantom Tollbooth Component 5 Myths Component 6 A Midsummer Night's Dream Component 7 Dr. Seuss Component 8 Fable Haven/The Spiderwick Chronicles Component 9 Pecos Bill Component 10 Cinderella Component 11 The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe</p> <p>Resources (currently separate documents) Gifting Certificate for Opening Day Sojourn Souvenirs Checklist Youth Sojourn Souvenirs Checklist Adult Sojourn Pins Ideas Hero's Journey Worksheet</p> <p>Enlightening ExplanationsTheme In The Hero With a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell, the author proposes that all great hero stories are basically all the same. They all have a similar theme to them. It is called the Hero's Journey, or the Hero's Path. The basic elements are: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) the hero receives a call to greatness the hero accepts the call the hero is tried the hero receives helpers to overcome their trials the hero overcomes his trials the hero returns triumphant</p> <p>Think of any fantasy story or fairy tale and you will see this theme repeated over and over again. We believe there is a purpose for this. Stories are used to not only entertain but also to teach. The brain learns best when it is taught through pattern and repetition, to allow it to make connections. But what is it that the stories teach? Sometimes just the story, perhaps for historical recollection. But if you look deeply you can also often see a hidden symbolic lesson underneath the story itself. It is these lessons within the story that we wish our children to learn and to internalize. Lessons of bravery, of loyalty, of friendship, of perseverance, lessons of purpose. For this EPIC Adventure we have chosen mostly stories with heroes who accept their calls to greatness, who overcome their trials with the help of others, and who return triumphant. We have chosen such stories in order to teach our our own children that they can be like these heroes in the story of their own lives. We believe that we are sent to this earth with a purpose, a mission, a reason for being. We do not know this purpose but it is our job to find out what it is and to accomplish it. Buddha said: Your work to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. Often the heroes and heroines in the stories come into their calling feeling unprepared. They learn that they need to learn more in order to accomplish their great deeds. They learn that they need to rely on others to help them overcome their trials. But they also learn that inside of them is the seed of greatness, that they have what it takes to fulfill their mission. We want our children to know that they, too, have what it takes within them. And that they still need to learn and grow in order to fulfill their own destinies, with the help of others. In the Voyage Through the Runic Isles, we hope they will come to see within themselves the potential that we, as their mothers, already see.</p> <p>Enlightening Explanations (cont.)EPIC Education Just what is an EPIC Adventure? For a detailed description visit www.http://karenkindrick.typepad.com/courageous_beings_brains_/epic_adventure_2.html But in a nutshell, it is like a year-long Unit Lesson. There is an overall theme to the year that ties everything together. Since the brain learns best through patterns, the more connections you can make in what you study, the better you learn. As much as possible, we will tie all of our learning into the year long theme, including reading, writing, math, science, art, etc. E stands for Exposure In this adventure it is our plan to expose our children to many different stories, all with the similar pattern of the Hero's Journey. These stories, while all being fictional stories, have different elements to them that will bring variety into our studies. Many people when first learning of an EPIC adventure wonder if their children will tire of learning the same thing all year long. While there is a commonality between the basic elements of this type of adventure, by looking outside the box, and running down rabbit trails as you mind-map your adventure, you will still cover many, many different things. For example, in the first major book of this Adventure, The Ranger's Apprentice, you and your children will have the opportunity to learn about the forest with its various plants and animals, outdoor survival skills, archery, camouflage, cooking, map skills, diplomacy, careers, among other things. Each story has a unique environment as well, so you can also branch off into geography and learn about various habitats such as the desert, islands, or the mountains. P stands for Patterns The brain is a pattern seeking device. As you present this material to your children, make use of patterns whenever possible. Point out the pattern of the hero journey in the stories you read. The schedule for a group is set up in a pattern 3 days of activities, one day for a field trip, and the culminating colloquium day with visitors and reports. Also, the overall theme for each book is a pattern for all you learn within that theme. I stands for Inquiry An Inquiry is basically a question. Who? What? Where? When? How? Which? Why? Your children will not just be learning through reading the stories. Learning happens when we ask questions and seek the answers. This book is filled with ideas of activities to do based upon the theme. Invite your children to do research on a question listed in the Inquiries sections. Doing a variety of hands on activities, as well as research projects, will add to your exposure of the concepts in the stories. C stands for Contribution As you and your children find out the answers to the questions brought up through the Inquiries, be sure to do something the the answers that you find. Make something. Draw a picture. Compose a song. Write a poem. Build a mobile. Make a useful item. Do a display. Then be sure to teach others what you have learned, and give your children the same opportunity. We all learn even more when we have to teach what we have learned to others.</p> <p>Teaching the ThemePlot the Year This book has more ideas than you can possibly do in a year's time. It will be up to you to pace yourself and to choose what you will do and what you will leave out, especially as you add your own personal touches and elements to the Adventure. There are many ways to use this book. You can pick and choose which parts you want, flowing along with the current of life as it comes, perhaps not even getting to the end of the book in one year. Or you can look over the entire contents and choose ahead of time those elements you feel are important to be sure to include. There is no right or wrong way to do it. But if having a purpose to your life is important it would behoove you to set up at least a tentative schedule. We have written this adventure to suit our own needs, which include using it as a resource for our homeschool group. Our group takes the summer months off, as well as Christmas and Easter. So we planned the sections accordingly. There are 5 main books interspersed with several shorter stories. We plotted it out this way for variety. Get out your own calendar and write down which components you will do when. That way you can be sure to get through the parts you want to. We have given most of the short stories one week (with the exception of the Myths sections, which we have given 2 weeks). All of the main books are allotted 5 weeks. You may adjust this as you see fit. Perhaps you want to spend 2 weeks on the shorter sections and only 4 weeks on the main books. That is fine with us. You decide. Also, some people like to leave a week in between major components for teacher preparation. If you like to do that, be sure to schedule that time in and adjust all the rest. And you can always change your mind as you go along, or do things differently for different books and stories. We also added in a field trip for each book. If you want, you can make this on a different day (if you have a group), or do more field trips per book (we have listed several ideas). Again, make this adventure your own. Here is a list of the stories and the time we allotted in our group: Sleeping Beauty 1 week The Ranger's Apprentice 5 weeks The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 1 week The Phantom Tollbooth 5 weeks Myths (Hurcules, Christmas Traditions) 2 weeks A Midsummer Night's Dream 5 weeks Pecos Bill and Other Tall Tales 1 week FableHaven &amp;/or The Spiderwick Chronicles 5 weeks Dr. Seuss, featuring the Horton stories 1 week Cinderella 1 week The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 5 weeks</p> <p>Teaching the Theme (cont.)Invite Your Children Along for the Ride Invite your children to come along on this adventure with you. This is not something you do to your children, but rather with them. Before the year starts, build enthusiasm by dropping hints of what is to come (but don't give too much away or they will lose some of the excitement). As you choose which ideas you would like to inspire your children to participate in, see what sparks your own interest. If you are interested in the topic, and you show them your excitement, they will be interested, too Opening Day It's always nice to start off the first day of your adventure with a bang! The Sleeping Beauty/Land of Nod section gives details of what we plan to do. Feel free to add or take away as you are inspired to make your first day very special, a day to remember! Presenting Key Points Key Points are the key bits of information that you want your children to learn from each component and topic. There are many ways to present this information. But above all, remember to keep it short. Most kids don't like to sit still listening to an adult lecture them. Think of the Charlie Brown videos and how the teacher talked Wa wa wa wa wa. If we go on for too long, that is what the kids hear. Boys and girls learn differently. Boys like action and girls like more emotional lessons. Use all of the senses: sight, smell, sound, touch, even taste. This will help you to use all the different learning modalities: movement/kinetic, auditory, sensory, visual. Think outside the box. Use visual aids, such as posters, whiteboards, puppets, objects. Get the kids involved in the teaching. Maybe you ask one child to come up and be the scribe on the whiteboard as you get the rest of the kids to list something. Hand out a skit and have them act something out. Play a game, such as a version of Jeopardy, or do a group crossword puzzle. Maximum time for the basic Key Points should be about 10-20 minutes. Any more than that (and 20 minutes is really pushing it), and the kids will zone out. Inquiries Choose which Inquiries you will do as a group (either with all your children, or if you have a homeschool group with the larger group). Leave the rest for the children to pick through. Inquiries take time and are often messy, so plan ahead and have supplies ready. The process of working an inquiry is a very natural way to learn. Involve the kids as much as you can in the preparation process, too, to teach time how to learn for themselves. Pace yourself and remember, you don't have to (nor will you be able to ) do all the Inquiries listed in this book. And you may add those of your own design, too, of course.</p> <p>Adding AccoutrementsManaging the Mood Do all you can to truly immerse your self and your children into this Adventure. Make costumes or outfits for your character, decorate your home (at least once in a while) to set the mood, plan fun field trips. You might want to make a poster of the cover page somewhere in the house where the major learning takes place or maybe make it into a T-shirt. Go on field trips, or bring a field trip home (see visitors below). Anything to make the kids feel like they have stepped into the story. Dressing the Part It really helps the kids to feel a part of the adventure if they have an outfit. But beware, not all kids enjoy this. Outfits can be as simple as the same set of clothing taken out of their closet or dresser every time you go on a field trip, to something as elaborate as a full blown costume you, or better yet your child makes. For this adventure, the kids are lost travelers in their own journey. For our...</p>