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.
We are living in the modern age where everything changes fast and where there is no time for common things in life. Therefore, there is also no time for reading in general. Children come to school at the age of six and most of them don’t have any real contact with books. That is the reason why they cannot develop a lifelong love for reading. Throughout their education they do not read, write or think as much as they should. As a result, their vocabulary range is poor and they cannot express themselves well. All this can be changed by using reading and storytelling in a creative way.
If we show students that reading can be interesting and fun, they will be curious to read more and more. Another fun thing for children is to make a fairy tale adaptation.
Fairy tales have been passed from hearth to hearth. They express deep truths about human history and nature. Children and adults love fairy tales, especially when they are told from new angles and in different perspectives. Some fairy tales have become not only a country’s cultural heritage, but also a world’s cultural heritage. It is a known fact that when a fairy tale is included in subject teaching, 90% of students understand it easily and their knowledge is permanent. When the subject is taught with traditional methods, it is easily forgotten.
Learning behind cultural borders means also to know something about our neighbours. It is a chance for students’ learning to go over the borders on so many levels. Nearly every child can be a part of the fairy tales teaching and learning. We think that this project is a big chance to improve students’ motivation for reading, to show a different view on life and living, to improve teachers’ competences and to boost the development of school.