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5 Ways Fairy Tales Help Your Child Excel In Reading

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

January 26th is National Fairy Tale Day. (Yep. There truly is such a day! I’m glad, because I think fairy tales are invaluable to your child’s learning and help your child excel in reading.)

Two years ago, I was teaching a middle school writing class. I wanted the students to write fractured fairy tales. Little did I know that I had more than a writing lesson cut out for me. I had to build background knowledge of fairy tales. Amazingly, they weren’t familiar with many fairy tales. This truly was disturbing to me. In fact, it bothered me so much that I decided to teach a fables and fairy tale class the following year. There are so many rich language and life lessons learned from fairy tales. I think fairy tales are too valuable to neglect.

Here are 5 ways fairy tales help your child excel in reading.

  1. Relate Literature to Life

Often, the characters encounter situations similar to those we all encounter in life. We can learn from the characters how to come out ahead or how to be taught a lesson like the Fisherman’s Wife; she was too greedy. Therefore, she finally lost everything because she wasn’t thankful for what she had.

  1. Interesting Plots

All fairy tales have a definite problem and solution. Your children excel in reading by learning a valuable comprehension strategy: Problem/Solution.

In addition, fairy tales come in a wide variety of versions, but they usually remain true to the original plot. It is fun for your child and helps your child excel in reading when you read the same fairy tale, but a in a different version and then compare and contrast the versions.

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  1. Increases Vocabulary Amazingly

When reading from The Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett, the vocabulary is scholarly. It is high school level which I like. Children are learning vocabulary in context, and we aren’t dumbing down words.

  1. Teaches Virtues and how to deal with Emotions

I am impressed with this free character education curriculum complete with free printables. I used it to accompany The Book of Virtues By William J.Bennett, but I also used it with basic everyday fairy tales/fables such as the Little Red Hen.

Learn about the entire character education lessons.

Lesson Plan

Get a glimpse of the lessons by looking at the lessons for Self Discipline.

When I taught this, I only used a few pieces of the lesson such as The main character/virtue page. Then, we explored fairy tales that either displayed the virtue or not. Then, we applied the trait to our own lives listing ways we did it.

Not only does your child excel in reading when reading fairy tales with you, they learn right from wrong.

  1. Imagination

Fairy tales are definitely fiction that whet one’s imagination.

With this imagination comes a cultural literacy; fairy tales often include different cultures and ways of doing things. They teach children about cultural differences in the world outside their own gifting them a curiosity to learn new things and experience new places.” (1)

So why not start today reading more fairy tales to and with your kids.  They’ll excel in reading and learn valuable life lessons. 🙂 

Let’s make a positive difference~ one word at a time. 🙂


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8 responses to “5 Ways Fairy Tales Help Your Child Excel In Reading”

  1. Donna Avatar

    Love all of the benefits you mentioned here, Pamela. I also think that people in our generation can immediately identify certain traits when you mention a particular character’s name such as the Big Bad Wolf or Hansel and Gretel. I, too, take it for granted that the younger generation know about these stories. Another positive result is that these stories are fun and interesting to read and I like that you can tell them from memory if you’ve grown up hearing them. Thanks for alerting me to National Fairy Tale Day!

    1. Pamela Hall Avatar
      Pamela Hall

      Thank you. I agree, when we share common stories like fairy tales, it gives us a common ground.
      Together, we make a positive difference ~ one word at a time. 🙂

  2. ~ linda Avatar

    GREAT!! As a retired primary grade teacher, children’s librarian, and now a tutor to primary-aged children, teaching reading is the key to a child gaining and growing in all subjects and, especially, in the self-esteem department. They have to achieve in something in order to feel better about themselves which leads to doing better in other areas. I am astounded, too, that kids do not know fairy tales. My! Thanks for sharing this important set of ways to help kids.

    1. Pamela Hall Avatar
      Pamela Hall

      Thank you so much for your positive feedback. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed this post. You are doing great things by tutoring kids. 🙂
      Together, we make a positive difference ~ one word at a time. 🙂

  3. Leslie Avatar

    Thanks for the tips.The Book of Virtues is also one of my favorites! We would love for you to link up this post with us at the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup #LMMLinkup

    1. Pamela Hall Avatar
      Pamela Hall

      Thank you. I will link up. Thanks for the invite. 🙂
      Together, we make a positive difference ~ one word at a time. 🙂

  4. Katie @ The Logonauts Avatar

    Great post! Another reason – fairy tales and fables are such a part of the currency of literary conversations and allusions, that kids could miss a ton as they move into other literature. I do a comparative Cinderella unit during the year with my third graders, and they love comparison different versions of one tale to another (plus there are some hilarious fractured versions out there).

    Thanks for linking this up with last month’s #KidLitBlogHop! I hope you’ll join us again this month.

    1. Pamela Hall Avatar
      Pamela Hall

      It is so great that you found this post beneficial. You are so right about fairy tales and fables being a part of our background knowledge for conversations. Oh yes, I love the fractured fairy tales. Kids love them too. 🙂
      Again, thank you.

      Together, we make a positive difference ~ one word at a time. 🙂

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