I believe that reading fairy tales to children could be one of the most Influential things In the upbringing of a child, although I know there is an opposing side to this matter. Through reading these fairy tales that have been passed down to our families from one generation to the next, I believe that these stories have helped to teach children how to explore their imagination, always tell the truth, and to know right from wrong.
Over the past few decades there have been conflicts over the stereotypical concepts about the way that men and women are portrayed In these stones. Such as In the story “Cinderella” the stepmother Is Just as wicked as she can be and the father just does what his wife asks of him, no matter if it hurts his daughters or not. This is a reason that some people have opposing views to this matter. They think that the children could get a totally different meaning from these stories, therefore acting out the bad or wrong things in the story as opposed to the good.
Fairy tales require the mind to be attentive to detail, to be highly active In problem solving, to roll through tunnels of prediction and to tumble down hills of emotion and UN back up again. Fairy tales often appear in books without pictures. This lack of illustrations makes fairy tales particularly special because children’s imaginations have to work little harder when they hear the stories. As children listen spellbound to the words, they have to use their brains actively to create their own pictures, thereby developing the all-important Imagination.
Some children who listen to stories, whose Imaginations have been mashed by endless hours sitting in front of the television, have a hard time creating the scenes and characters and events in their heads. While children listen to these fairy tales, they will become silent, fascinated, upset, appalled, aghast, and may even cry. But If they feel safe with us while the story Is being read, and Indeed this Is essential, the more often they will want to relive the drama. In frightening stories, it is someone else’s drama, which is why frightening stories are so appealing.
And in the end, the child is rescued by a life buoy of happiness when the good live happily ever after and the bad come to a sticky end. Experiencing this heightened level of emotion through literature is seen by some arenas and educators as a bad thing, but child psychologists disagree. The whole point of books Is to allow us to experience troubled realities that are different from our own, to feel the appropriate emotions, to empathic, to make judgments, and to have our interest held.
If we sanitize everything children read, how much more shocking and confusing will the real world be when they finally have to face it? For example, a child whose parents are going through a divorce does not necessarily want to read a realistic novel auto some toner canny Witt Loving arenas. Such difficulties are better handled by turning to myths and fantasies. A mother of a ten year old boy has to help him cope with his cancer.
By reading a book like “Hercules” and seeing all his strengths on the mythical level, the child could become stronger himself through the power of reading. Not surprisingly when most of us think about our early experiences, the first thing that comes to mind is the stories that we were told in our childhood, especially the much-loved and long-remembered nursery rhymes and fairy tales that were read or old to us in our very youngest years.
The classics of children’s literature as collected and written over the past century, has become definitional to our understanding of children’s experience and culture in our modern day. Imagination is valued and encouraged in all aspects of curriculum, the classrooms come alive with the creative input of children and teachers. Imagination can be encouraged in the classroom setting by the teachers through fairy tales. There should be an assortment of materials for dress up and playing out themes that are important in the children’s lives.
Dress up clothes should include crowns, capes, gowns and things of that matter for acting out characters of certain stories, like the prince and the princess in some fairy tales. This is a great way to get the imagination flowing. In the fairy tale of “Snow White” the wicked step mother cannot stand to know that there is someone fairer and prettier than she is. She devises a plan to get Snow White to eat a poisoned apple so she will fall into a deep sleep and the only thing that will wake her is the kiss of her true love.
A prince comes along and gives her the sis of true love and she wakes up and lives happily ever after. This is an example of the imagination running wild and the children really being able to explore it to the fullest. During the time that parents, grandparents, or even teachers spend reading fairy tales to their children gives them the time needed to share love and discuss feelings. I think these stories will always be good for children because it can help them to grow not only mentally but socially as well.
The recent gala of controversies that have came about over the morality of fairy ales leaves me wondering why we could not try to modernize the fairy tale, bring them up to our current terminology, and add our current ideas and beliefs without barring them from our children altogether. History has provided us with the knowledge that fairy tales have helped to broaden a child’s imagination and to even sometimes help them cope with real life situations. So why do we not let the tradition of storytelling continue and let the next generation enjoy the same adventures into their imaginations as we did not so long ago.