Norway is a Scandinavian country in the far north of Europe. It is an old country, civilized for many thousands of years. It is the land of the Vikings, their gods, sprites, elves, and monsters.
The Norse have many old tales handed down for generations by skalds, poets and storytellers. East of the Sun and West of the Moon is one of them.
One of those tales is East of the Sun and West of the Moon. It has been retold many times. Here we offer our version of East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Read it with your children, then have them make puppets or drawings and retell the story in their own words. You can click on the link above or on the picture below to get the printable.
Once you’ve read the story and made a project to go along with it, finish the lesson with a narration. When children re-tell a tale, we call this narration. Narration is an important communication skill. Being able to tell a story in order, leaving out none of the relevant facts, and doing it in your own words is useful in ordinary communication, at work, and, of course, in writing.
As your children learn narration, you don’t have to demand perfection. Gently help them with details if they forget and give them a few prompts if they need help. Write down their story and then read it back to them. Ask them if it sounds right and help them make additions or corrections if they like. If their story differs from the original, don’t worry. Communication skills take practice and maturity. Just give gentle corrections and reminders.
We use narration for many of our lessons with our kids. When we read books, watch movies, have discussions, or listen to a lesson, narration is a perfect follow-up to check for understanding. It’s also great communication practice. Retelling in this way allows the information to be more deeply absorbed. Older kids can use written narration as well. We love to combine listening, speaking, writing, and hands-on learning whenever possible, to reach many levels of learning at the same time.