Read Fantasy Stories to Your Children - it's Good for our Future!
Reading to your children is:
- a strong component of early academic success
- the gateway to employment in the electronic age (using a computer and the internet)
- an open door to any information they may want to discover
- an opportunity to step back in time, travel to any place or visit any person in history.
But why do children need to read fantasy stories?
"Fantasy is the power to create new things from existing things," says Thomas Gruber, author of "How much fantasy does the future need?" It's odd then, that a child with an "over-active" imagination is often perceived as a child who needs to be "brought back down to earth" - to reality. The belief is they are trying to avoid real life, escaping instead to a fantasy world.
Childhood is a special time, a time when anything is possible. To a child, there really might be a man in the moon or a monster under the bed; dragons can take them on a fun-filled ride and one day a friendly bear might be able to help them out of a predicament. Reading fantasy stories allows a child's imagination to stretch and roam without the usual rules and norms, giving them the opportunity to play-act the skills they will need when they become adult thinkers. They must be able to see the future as full of possibility because as adults they will be required to come up with solutions to life's problems, questions and opportunities.
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