Reading Fairy Tales Creates Brilliant Children
Albert Einstein said,
"If you want your children to be brilliant, tell them Fairy Tales.
If you want them to be very brilliant, tell them even more Fairy Tales."
Storytelling is a critical element in a child's early development precisely because of the way the child's reality is built upon images. A child's intelligence, capacity of mind, the integration of thought, feeling and action into a whole psychic structure able to develop its evolutionary potential, depend on this inner image ability.
And to allow this brilliance that Albert Einstein knew first hand to shine forth, children need to have the unique opportunity to develop their own inner image ability free of "adult input".
Child(ren) need the opportunity to imaginatively create their own visual images to bring the characters and stories to life.
Fairy Tales should provide the words, you provide the storytelling, and your children create their own pictures of what's happening on a page! They can actually draw them or tell you what they see.
This interactive combination is storytelling at its FINEST! It will have profound and lasting effects on your child's intelligence, brain development, concentration, creativity, imagination, social skills and self-confidence--the building blocks to a successful future.
Research shows that creative children can more easily meet life's challenges and build the skills necessary to experience happy, productive lives!
Research also shows that children access and develop their infinite imaginations and brilliant minds by creating their own images!
As they listen to or read fairy tales without seeing some adults concept of what's happening on a page, children ARE fully engaging their infinite and creative imaginations. Then they can draw their own picture or describe what they "imagine" or "see" to whoever is reading them the story. Then that person can then help them "draw it" into reality or write down what the child is "imagining" for future reference.
Internationally acclaimed author, lecturer, and expert on child development Joseph Chilton Pearce enlightens us even more on this process saying that the ". . . learned ability to create internal images" is one of nature's highest achievements. Children who lack this ability 'will have severe difficulty' with the abstract language and thought on which all higher intelligence is based. The more imagination a child has, the more options he or she has for solving problems and avoiding violence as a solution."
Mr. Pearce continues, "Once having experienced storytelling, even toddlers respond in the classical way when they hear those magical words: 'Once upon a time... '
Their bodies get still, their jaws drop; their wide-open eyes, riveted on the storyteller, see nothing without-their seeing is entirely within. For within, the creative process of the child's brain forms pictures, images that give reality, substance, and life to the vibratory stimulus of the words.
This image-making requires a continual reworking and re-relating of all the neural structures of the brain involved in language and vision-which means most of the entire brain-mind system. As the words flow from without, so do the pictures from within. Speak the word and it does, indeed, appear. Since virtually every area of the brain is involved in this imagery-sound play, it demands a complete 'entrainment', one that leaves no conscious energy for ordinary responses: thus the catatonic body-stance and 'reptilian stare' of the young listener, true one-pointedness."
In Endangered Minds - Why Children Don't Think and What We Can Do About It, Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., states that the words children hear "... arrange their intellects and help them learn to reason, reflect, and respond to the world. Severe deprivation of language during early years guarantees lasting neural changes that noticeably affect speech and understanding."
Fairy Tales read as a bedtime, playtime, homeschool, preschool or elementary school, or other activity, foster a child's developmental process through words, imagery, and the stories they create, providing a rich, loving experience for both readers and listeners. When children form their own pictures, they touch the very core of their human heart, instilling them with the unshakeable conviction of their own self worth.
Forming their own pictures will also help indigo children, crystal children, and children with other special talents and challenges recognize their amazing gifts and, with your loving guidance, integrate these gifts into successful lives.
Psychologist Bruno Bettelheim,in his book The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales, states: "Fairy Tales build the cultural background that every child needs to become a good reader and they also help children face life... with more courage and self confidence."
Every hour a child is read to is an hour they bond with their caregiver, listen attentively, develop their brain, use their imagination, learn the proper use of language and learn to visualize.
In The Preschool Years, Ellen Galinsky and Judy Davidstate: "For parents who wonder about teaching phonics to their three-year olds, a far more effective approach is to continue exposing children to books and storytelling and discussing the stories."
Psychologist Richard Landis states, "If we tell children what they should or shouldn't do, it doesn't have as much impact on them as a story because a story builds in the experience. If the story's told well, the child experiences the story. It's a way of teaching them about life."
Fairy tales weave fantasy, myth, and reality into an educational, entertaining, and inspirational experience for children of all ages. They help children explore values, resolve conflicts, understand the fast-paced world we live in, enhance their creativity, and develop into a loving, powerful, self confident, intelligent human being.
Adventure, science fiction, myth, mystery, heroes and heroines have always been powerful vehicles for teaching, sharing values, and discovering one's own personal power. Children historically incorporate heroes into their play.
In The Way to Write for Children, Joan Aiken states, "A child needs myth to give them a blueprint for behavior and to strengthen their imagination. Imagination is a necessary faculty and modern living gives it little to feed on. Myth-type stories furnish three basic ingredients: reassurance, emotion, and mystery."
Like Albert Einstein said, "If you want your children to be brilliant, tell them Fairy Tales. If you want them to be very brilliant, tell them even more Fairy Tales."
And if you want them to be even more brilliant, let them create their own fairy tale images by reading Bliss Beary Bear's Fairy Tales of the Heart.
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Originally shared at my EZine Articles.