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If you think back to childhood, your childhood, do you remember imagining? I do. I remember riding my bike down the street to an abandoned church parking lot and pretending it was a store with a gas station. I would ride around one side of the church and pretend to get groceries, then "drive" to the other side to get gas. I repeated my "drives" until I moved on to some other activity. It's funny how those imagination memories stick in one's mind. Do you have an imagination memory? I'd love to hear it in the comment section! I am currently researching imagination memories and would love random stories
Imagination is SUCH an important aspect of childhood...
Consider the words of Albert Einstein:
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
Imagination IS indeed more important than knowledge! If our children can't imagine...how will they either empathize with another person and imagine what it's like to walk in their shoes?
Once Upon A Time...
I've wondered...Do fairy tales hold any real value in my children's lives? I mean, what's positive about telling a child a story about the mean, evil step-sisters of Cinderella? What about the seven dwarfs? Fairies? I've heard a variety of view points on this topic, today I am sharing mine.
Classic fairy tales that we all know ( Little Red Riding Hood, Jack in the Beanstalk, Sleeping Beauty) were all written to tell a story. Did Little Red Riding Hood scare you as a child? That story creeped me OUT! You know what? It was meant to! These interesting living books teach our children important life lessons. Remember Hansel and Gretel? The moral of this story is don't trust strangers and don't disobey your parents! Remember the witches words?
“Do come in, and stay with me. No harm shall happen to you.” As much as we want to protect our children from the scary feelings that arise while listening to such a story, there is no better place than home to face those feelings. Home is safe and secure. Our children will face these scenarios, let them first face them within the security of home.
5 Ways Fairy Tales HELP our Children
1. Fairy Tales give our children the opportunity to imagine.
As our children hear the tale of the Snow White they wonder what she might look like. Their minds naturally create a picture of what they are hearing. This process is so important. Children that imagine are children that can imagine what it's like to live in a different country, they can imagine what it might be like to have been born 100 years ago, they wonder what might happen if we mix two substances together and find a medical cure. In the earliest years, never think you are wasting your time by reading to your child.
2. Fairy Tales teach a moral in a living way. When I first heard the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears I remember feeling nervous for Goldilocks when the bears came home. I wanted to tell her, "wake up! they are home!" Although I knew the story wasn't true my mind was imagining and I thought, "I will never go in someone else's home without asking."
Fairy Tales are capable of giving children that needed "feeling" without ever leaving the couch. This feeling is needed to teach children to be careful!
3. Fairy Tales introduce children to the world of good and evil. Do you remember C.S. Lewis's tale of the magical land of Narnia? The "White Witch" with her enticing words and "Aslan" the great King. This beloved Allegory is a parallel to the Gospel story. Tales encourage children to think critically and place them in the position of judge. "If I were Peter, would I follow the White Witch?"
4. Fairy Tales provide problem solving skills. Children learn from the lives of the characters and connect the stories to their own lives.
5. Fairy Tales build early literacy skills. Studies proven regular story telling broaden a child's vocabulary for life!
Let's hear from Albert Einstein again:
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” ― Albert Einstein
Are you convinced? I am!
Here are a few classical fairy tales to KEEP on your shelves:
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