Fairy Tales are great teaching tools

"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
 
 
                                      
 

Fairy tales have limitless possibilities many of them on the road to be still discovered...

Fairy tales... memories rush into mind when thinking of... The 3 Little Pigs, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and many other story lines read during childhood as bedtime stories. They kept us company during the cold winter times and allowed in some 'magic' way our imagination to travel to new and exciting worlds. Who can forget of the unforgettable Puss in the Boots or Cinderella which many girls fell asleep dreaming of finding their own prince.

Known and unknown fairy tales embrace unique advantages significant for our development. As Albert Einstein once stated: "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." [1]

Fairy tales have been for centuries popular as they are cheap and easy for everybody to own copy. They allow children to extent their imagination while practicing their reading or hearing skills. As they are universal, they are a great way of teaching students a new story and subsequently relating that story to another one somewhere else in the world. One could therefore say that the similarities in stories with universal themes constitute one of the most intriguing phenomena in human experience [2].

Fairy tales thus are of particular importance as:

  • They allow children and adults to identify with the hero following their quest through triumph and strategy.
  • Children learn that although problems in life exist they can make life good by not giving up and doing the right thing.
  • Fairy tales open up possibilities only ever dreamt of, allowing an otherwise limited imagination to soar into the realm of absolute possibility.
  • They encourage the interplay between many other facets in literature representing hence human experience.

References:

[1]http://nyteachers.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/why-are-fairy-tales-important-for-young-children-by-kayla-kenney-and-melanie-wagner/
[2]http://www.usq.edu.au/artsworx/schoolresources/zac/talesteach