Thursday, January 18, 2018

Fairy Tales...the backbone of early literacy

We all know the age old tale of The Three Little Pigs. Each pig builds a house, one of straw, one of sticks, and one of bricks. The big bad wolf comes along and blows each house down, except for the house of bricks. But why do we continuously teach this fable, along with many others to our young preschoolers?

They boost a child's imagination and cultural literacy. A child's imagination is a powerful and unique thing. It's not only used to make up stories and games, it's a key factor in their creative thoughts and can define the type of education, career, and life they have. With this imagination comes a cultural literacy; fairy tales often include different cultures and ways of doing things. They also teach children right from wrong. Standing strongly within fairy tales of magic horses, glass slippers, and wolves blowing down houses is an underlying purpose. It's in a fairy tale's DNA to have a strong moral lesson, a fight between good & evil, love and loss, and these lessons rub off on children.

This month, we are proud to focus our attention on fairy tales and nursery rhymes as we help each child at our center grow, learn, and play! 

Preschool 1 builds their own straw, stick, and brick houses!

Showing off his Three Little Pigs art!

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