once upon a time…..

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redbubble.com“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

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  1. Let’s face it beth, the old fairy tales were mainly cautionary tales designed to scare and entertain us. Who wouldn’t come back for more?

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  2. Reblogged this on Rethinking Life and commented:
    This is SO important. That’s why they don’t allow kids to read fairy tales in school. The books they are assigned are horrible beyond belief. Fairy tales and fantasy get bad press for a reason…THEY MAKE YOU THINK. THEY MAKE YOU INTELLIGENT…and that, does not bode well for those would would like us to be sheep.

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    • i read the full lot to my kinder class and they love them and we have great talks about them. many of them have never heard them and they cannot get enough of them )

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    • i teach a fairy tale unit to my 4s and 5s at school, reading everyone i can get my hands on, acting them out, discussing them, and when the students turn 6, they each write and illustrate their own original fairy tale and read it to the 4s and 5s, who look up to them in awe and look forward to writing their own stories. i could not be happier to see this.

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        • i think it is one of the most important things i teach. many of them have never heard them, and the discussions about the whether a character is ‘good’ or a ‘hero’, and who is ‘evil, or ‘bad’,are amazing. their minds are just open and whirring in high gear. i love their logic and each year the group has their own ideas.

          for the record, this year’s definitions at the end of the discussion: ‘bad’ is doing something by mistake that isn’t nice or good and might hurt someone, making bad choices, ‘evil’ is doing something on purpose to hurt someone, like a bully does. ‘good’ is someone who is nice and makes good choices, and someone who is a ‘hero’ is good even if it is dangerous, he/she is brave and helps someone else even if he or she might get hurt.

          brilliant.

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