Saturday, February 21, 2015

Final Post for Fairy Tales

   My last two blog posts were about fairy tales. The posts discussed the importance of reading fairy tales for teaching the basics of story elements, teaching the difference between fiction and non-fiction and making predictions. Enriching a child’s imagination and creativity by using fairy tales was also discussed as was the connection to problem-solving.

      Today I would like to talk about another reason we should read fairy tales to our children. How about because children love them!!?? How many times do children beg to hear The Three Bears or The Three Little Pigs over and over again? They don’t ask to re-read the stories because they are learning skills. Children ask for re-reads because they love the stories!

     Use the fact that children love hearing the stories over and over as motivation to help teach skills. One of the stories we like is the The Princess and the Frog. Read the story and then grab this little "freebie" from us. Just see what happens. Click on the picture below to download the freebie. 

   In conclusion, remember that we must read fairy tales to children for many reasons. But...the most important reason to a child is because they love them!

   Have FUN ! Here is one of our pictures.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Fairy Tales, Albert Einstein and a FREEBIE!

“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

This is one of my all-time favorite quotes! I use that it often. My last blog post was about the importance of reading fairy tales to our children. We talked about how fairy tales help us teach the basics of story elements — setting, characters, and plot (rising action, climax, and resolution) as well as the difference between fiction and non-fiction. Once a child understands story elements, his ability to make predictions and comprehend other stories is enhanced. Today I am going to continue our discussion about fairy tales.

Have you ever wondered why reading a fairy tale is important? Fairy tales enrich a child’s imagination and creativity. A child learns many things when we read them books. From stories, a child can learn how to be a good person and also begin to realize how people can be bad or “evil”. Fairy tales show children how to handle problems. They learn from the characters in the stories as they make connections to their own lives, and consider what they would do if in the characters’ shoes. Even though fairy tales can be unrealistic, they still teach a universal lesson.

A great example of this is The Little Red Hen. What a great lesson this traditional story teaches about learning to be helpful and not to be lazy!

In addition, we learn about growing grain and explore how the grains then become bread that we eat. Guess what kind of “bread” the children wanted to make? Pizza dough! So we made dough and each child made their own little pizza. They loved it. When we finished, we went back and reread The Little Red Hen again and every single child said they would not be lazy and would help the Little Red Hen! See, we can use fairy tales to teach morals and lessons!

The “moral” to this lesson is… use fairy tales to teach morals and lessons. What can you learn from Goldilocks? How about Cinderella or Jack and the Beanstalk?

Enjoy the freebie! I would like to leave you with one final quote from Albert Einstein.

“When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.”

Pictures making our dough!

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 The Little Red Hen FREEBIE

Friday, February 6, 2015

Fairy Tales, FUN and a FREEBIE!!

     We love fairy tales! I mean, we LOVE fairy tales!!
     In the last few years, the teaching of fairy tales and nursery rhymes in the public school systems has gone by the wayside. However, current research is urging teachers to bring them back into the curriculum.
     Experts agree that nursery rhymes are great for teaching rhyme, rhythm, and repetition. Fairy tales teach story elements such as setting, characters, problem-solution and beginning, middle and end (to name a few).
     We use fairy tales with pre-kindergarten all the way through third grades. We use fairy tales to teach reading comprehension, math, and almost every skill you can think of!
     To help you use fairy tales in your classroom, grab this freebie. (Click here.) We have used this for first, second and third grade students. There is much more to this freebie if you check out our TPT store. Enjoy and have FUN!