Fabulous Fairy Tales

Once again, I'm sharing homeschool solutions for the preschool years over at pambarnhill.com.

Today's post looks at the importance of fairy tales in preschool development - and over here, I'm sharing fairy tale books that are perfect for text comparisons, as collections, or just plain great selections!

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It's a new month, which means I'm over at Pam Barnhill's site again sharing homeschool solutions for the preschool years.

This time, I've written a post on The Importance of Fairy Tales on Preschool Development

That's right, last month I shared the fabulous benefits nursery rhymes provide for your child and so it was only natural to follow that up with a look at the wonderful influence fairy tales have, as well.

Later in this post I'll share some great standard fairy tales for the preschool set that you'll want to make sure you're reading, along with some of the best collections of these stories that Gv and I haven't been able to get enough of.

But first, I want to talk about one of my favorite things to do with fairy tales: text-to-text comparisons.

Back when I was in the classroom, I had several different stories that I would focus on in this way.

Because most of these basic stories were so familiar to my students, they were able to relax and look further at the details, utilizing those important critical thinking and reading comprehension skills that we spent so much time on each day.

Skills such as comparing and contrasting, author's purpose, character perspective and more were on obvious display as we tackled these lessons.

Here are some of my favorites to do this with:

The Gingerbread Man

The Three Little Pigs

The Little Red Hen

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Little Red Riding Hood

The Three Billy Goats Gruff


Additionally, some of the other most popular tales for preschool and early elementary-aged kids are:

as well as so many other classics that you already know and love (Thanks, Walt Disney!)

Fairy tales are absolutely fabulous when compiled in one giant book, so here are some of the best collections out there to add to your home library:

Finally, do you remember this post on Fantastic FREE Books You Can Download Right Now?

Well, there are several fairy tale options there, as well. I've actually got two different versions of Grimm's stories on my Nook: Grimms' Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm and Grimm's Fairy Tales by Various. You can also download audio versions on that site, but this iTunes link might be a little simpler to navigate.

Additionally, I've found this page on Storynory and this one on FamilyManagement.com that allow you to read alternate versions of these tales for free online.

Don't forget to click on over to my The Importance of Fairy Tales on Preschool Development post on Pam's site to learn why making these classic tales a part of your child's day are so important. You might be surprised at what you learn!

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