Mighty Mountain

I made up this story based on the Mighty Mountain story given in ---. 

Day One and Two, telling and drawing the story of Mighty Mountain:

Many years ago, there was a village that rested at the foot of Mighty Mountain, and the people of the village were grateful to the mountain for bringing them fresh water in the streams that ran down its sides, giving them many foods to eat and keeping them safe from storms.

One time, a sickness fell upon the village, and it seemed everybody became terribly ill. The village medicine man rushed from house to house with his medicine, doing his best to heal the sick and nurse them through their illness.

Adam and Sarah lived with their grandmother, and when their grandmother became sick, Adam rushed out to find the medicine man. Sarah helped her grandmother into bed and placed a cool, wet towel on her forehead to help her feel more comfortable while the waited.

When Adam returned with the medicine man, the medicine man confirmed that their grandmother had caught the illness. But he didn't know what to do, because he was almost out of medicine. The medicine came from a special plant with purple flowers that only grew at the top of Mighty Mountain. The medicine man had to stay and care for the people of the village, and he couldn't go get more medicine.

"I'll go," Adam said. And the medicine man looked at Adam for a moment, deciding whether he could take this journey on his own, even though he was only 7. He saw Adam was serious and knew he was a responsible boy, so he nodded his head.

"I'll go, too," Sarah said. Sarah was only five, and the medicine man was about to say the trip was too much for such a young child, but he knew Sarah was a helpful and brave child. So he nodded again, then told the children where to find the plant.

He also gave them a warning: "When you pick the medicine, you need to bring it to the village right away. It's power only lasts for a day after picking."

After he gathered his tools and supplies, the medicine man knelt down to the children and placed a hand on each of their shoulders. He told them, "Trust to Mighty Mountain, children. It will see you through this journey."

Then he gently squeezed their shoulders in farewell, and left to visit the next house in the village.

The children packed a few supplies and left the next morning. The path was clear, but then suddenly stopped. As it was nearing nightfall, they made camp. Adam fished in the stream and built a fire from the wood Sarah collected. Sarah also picked some berries and they had a meal before sleeping. They felt safe under the sky full of stars on Mighty Mountain.

 On the first day I told the story, and we sat side by side to draw a picture based on the story in the afternoon. This is my picture of the children's camp.

On the first day I told the story, and we sat side by side to draw a picture based on the story in the afternoon. This is my picture of the children's camp.

 Isaac's drawing of the mountain path, with the village at the foot and "x" marks to show where the children camped.

Isaac's drawing of the mountain path, with the village at the foot and "x" marks to show where the children camped.

When they woke up, the path was still not visible. Adam was worried, but Sarah looked up to the peak of Mighty Mountain and said, "Please Mighty Mountain, show us the way so we can bring medicine back to our grandmother and the people of the village."

As if by magic, the vines and trees began to move to the sides and reveal a path. The children followed the clear path up the mountain.

*** Repeat for Day 2 ***

At the end of the third day, they reached the peak of the mountain and saw a field full of the plants with purple flowers. The children decided to camp at the top of the mountain so they could carry the medicine back right away the next morning.

 On day two, I asked Isaac what he remembered from the story and we drew again. This is my picture of the children collecting the medicinal plants.

On day two, I asked Isaac what he remembered from the story and we drew again. This is my picture of the children collecting the medicinal plants.

 Isaac's drawing of Adam at the top of the mountain, Sarah picking berries; he included the path, stream and sunrise.

Isaac's drawing of Adam at the top of the mountain, Sarah picking berries; he included the path, stream and sunrise.

They awoke at sunrise and packed their belongings. After eating a quick breakfast, the children gathered as many of the plants as they could carry, then they rushed along the patch down the mountain to the village. When they reached the village, they found the medicine man and gave him the plants. He was so glad to have the plants, and after thanking the children, he went home to make a medicine from the leaves and flowers while the children hurried home to see their grandmother.

Their grandmother was still very sick, and she couldn't even open her eyes when they came in, but when Adam and Sarah each held one of her hands, she squeezed their hands tightly, and they knew she would get well. That evening, the medicine man came with fresh, powerful medicine, and soon after that, their grandmother was well again. All the people of the village were healthy and joyful again and every day they looked up and said, "Thank you, Mighty Mountain."

 Day three art lesson: coloring Mighty Mountain with block crayons

Day three art lesson: coloring Mighty Mountain with block crayons

 Isaac's block crayon drawing

Isaac's block crayon drawing

Day Three

On Wednesday afternoon, I sat down with Isaac for an art lesson in using block crayons. I had prepared a drawing a few days before, and thought it might be a good way to introduce the crayons. The techniques it includes are:

  • Making smooth, broad strokes to fill a page with a solid color (yellow background)
  • Drawing curved lines with long end of crayon
  • Pressing harder on one side to make a darker edge
  • Blending red and blue to make purple; blending yellow and blue to make green

I had some concern that teaching all these techniques in one go was a little too much, but I was so satisfied with the drawing that I wanted to share it. In retrospect, I wish I had given the art lesson over several days before beginning the Mighty Mountain story. We should have done color blending as a separate lesson, at least. Isaac's piece of art turned out pretty good, though. He understood the technique, but he needs more practice to use the edge of the crayon, not the corner.

 

  • Monday - Tell the story, draw a picture of favorite scene
  • Tuesday - Recall the story (ask questions about what he remembers), draw another picture
  • Wednesday - Art Lesson: Mighty Mountain with block crayons
  • Thursday - See the "M" in Mighty Mountain? Practice writing "M" and "m"
  • Friday - Write sentence about Mighty Mountain