Fairy tales can be an excellent tool not only to improve literacy skills, but also to relay a number of other important skills and ideas to children. As these stories are mostly well-known to children, they are also non-threatening, in that the child feels on familiar ground when dealing with this material.
Even for older children, many fairy tales provide a perfect opportunity in presenting important life stories to the learning disabled teen or tween. A few examples:
- Pinocchio shows us that many people have ulterior motives and that some people lie.
- Beauty and the Beast shows us to look beyond the outer surface – not to judge a book by its cover, so to speak.
- Cinderella and Snow White have the smaller characters, both the mice and the dwarfs, as the characters that are the real power behind saving the heroine.
And anyhow, who can argue with Albert Einstein, who was very much a pro-fairy tales for children fellow, after all.