The first story our kids learn is a fairy tale. Every mom knows the importance of reading the fairy tales together with her kids. It’s not only about the development of the cognitive processes (imagination, intelligence, memory and so on), but also about the spiritual affinity between the kid and the one who tells the story, moreover with the nation, which history created this particular fairy tale the kid is listening now.
How to Improve Your Kids’ Intellectual Abilities through Fairy Tale
In the simplest terms, the fairy tale is the product of the whole culture, created by people and incorporates not only traditions, formed in centuries, but also hopes and fears of our ancestors, their world view and belief system, consequently some of their stereotypes. Reading fairy tales to your baby learns him the difference between bad and good, appropriate and inappropriate. But learning these things, your kid also learns the stereotypes created by our ancestors and here is the tricky situation. Those stereotypes might have helped our grand-grand-grand-…..grand father to survive a couple of centuries ago, but are they going to help our kids today?
Let’s see “Little Red Riding Hood”, “The Beauty and the Beast”….and lots of other classic tales which plots are still being practiced in the modern cartoons and movies – these are the stories every kid knows about. As every classic tale, they all have positive and negative characters, which are of course fantastic, since it is impossible to meet such people in reality. In other words, every person consists of good and bad, since none of us ever sees a person whose status will be strictly determined as “I’m bad” or “I’m good”.
But fairy tale doesn’t say anything about this. Don’t you think this fact kind of leads astray your kid? I mean, at a particular period, the kid is supposed to start understanding the difference between the real and fantastic. Sometimes it doesn’t happen. May be those teenagers who divide the world into black and white simply just keep believing in the fairy tale they were told years ago, where the main characters were the evil king and kind helpless maid? Oh, I dare to say there are some more grown ups, who manage their life being under the pressure of those stereotypes they learned in their childhood.
Sometimes having stereotypes is a good thing. They help humans in the adaptation process, but often they create obstacles on the way of self-development. So, why don’t we let our kids create their own fairy tales, where they can break through those old stigmas? What happens if next time when you read another bedtime story with your kid, you would stop in the middle of it and inspire your kid to continue it anyway he wants using only his imagination?
Let him write his own story: ask him to suggest new ways of solving the problem. By doing this, you will teach your kid to be an author of his life, but not just one of the characters in the much known old story. Moreover, this exercise will help your young author to understand that there are millions of ways except just those described in the fairy tale.
In the beginning you can start with the easier tasks: suggest your kid to change just the ending of the story. The first time you can serve as an example by creating your own story. Oh, by the way, this is a very good way to exercise your creativity. So, try it out. Another way is asking him to write his own text for the comic pics since most of the kids love comic books. Once he tries it, he’ll keep doing it on his own.
The next exercise is to show your kid that there is always more than one option – the knowledge of this fact would help lots of adults to change their lives in a better way. The thing is that we are mostly taught to see just one side of the things, when there are millions of others. So, ask your kid to create (write or tell) number of various alternative continuations to one story. Other words: one beginning, but a bunch of various endings.