Stories From Books
Reading stories from books
It's long been known that children learn the importance of written language from having stories read to them. An early appreciation of reading is important but there's more.
In Whitcomb Family Daycare, stories can teach children important concepts. Principles that will help a child throughout life can be shared from stories. Is there something in "The Three Little Pigs" that can teach a lesson? Yes! It's
not just about being careful around a suspicious stranger, although that is something that could be emphasized. But what about the importance of doing a good job (building a house of bricks rather than sticks)? What about caring for a brother in need? How much we can learn from those three little pigs!
Lewis (author of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe") had this to say about fairy tales: "It is accused of giving children a false
impression of the world . . . But . . . I think what profess to be realistic stories for children are far more likely to deceive them."
C.S. Lewis sprinkles truth into his fantasy stories, but with a sweetness unlike fleeting sugar: In his fantasies we see real
humanness, even in choice character qualities of creatures.