Take things your kids learn at school like Aesop’s fables and turn them into teachable moments at home. When I was a child in school, we read Aesop’s fables. For those of you not familiar with them, Aesop was an ancient Greek story-teller who is famous for his short stories or fables. Each of his fables involved animals or objects that speak and teach lessons to readers. One of the most famous of Aesop’s fables is “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” That famous story tells what happens when one says something bad is happening when in fact it is not.
I read Aesop’s fables, one per night with my oldest son. We read to teach other and talk about the lesson the fable has for us. Some of the stories are deep and require a lot of discussion and figuring out. Other stories are funny and make us laugh as we see ourselves, our family members or friends in the characters. The stories are not the end product, but a stepping off point we use to have conversations, so learn about each other and about the world. We have also read other books like “The Time Machine” and enjoyed reading a story that takes a few months to read when you go a few pages at a time. The good thing about Aesop’s fables is that each story start and end in an evening. Each night is a new adventure, a new set of lessons to learn.
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7 thoughts on “Aesop’s Fables – Not Just for School”
We started reading books to our daughter as soon as she got home from the hospital. She loves having books read to her. Good post.
I enjoy reading with my kids. My son is 15 now and we are reading the Odyssey together.
I love reading with my kiddos! Showing them a love for reading helps encourage them to be readers when they are grown.
I love when you can turn something popular into a teaching moment too. I’ve always liked Aesop’s fables.
Reading with youngsters is some kind of wonderful one-on-one time. Love the old stories.
I guess you are going to have to stick with his choices for a few years. hahaha
I love reading with my son when he was younger. Now that he is a teenager he doesn’t think my book choices are all that great.
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