Neil Gaiman once wrote, "Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
This guide will provide you a road map in choosing the best tales, myths, and fiction for our children, all with an eye towards character development. We know that reading aloud is important for nurturing academic skills,
but even more essential, the stories we choose to tell our children will
help shape their moral imaginations. Lists of wonderful books for
multiple levels are paired with discussion prompts designed to draw
character lessons out of the stories. Each title has been picked for its
literary value as well as the character traits exhibited by the heroes
Additionally, lesson plans make it easy to incorporate these books into your family reading time, while spurring discussions that will jump off the pages and impact real life. Bible verses are provided along with memorization cards to make it easy to incorporate these essential truths into your child's daily habits. Use this guide as a reference for trips to the library, to help add depth to family read-aloud time, as a character development curriculum, and more. Not designed to be used in any standard amount of time, feel free to use at your own pace.
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About the Author: Rebecca Manor, a homeschool graduate, loves story and art and remains in awe of their power to inspire a love of the good, the true, and the beautiful. She brings her studies of literature and theology, the many places she's called home, and a heart for homeschooling parents to the many teacher guides she has written for Beautiful Feet Books and strives to make teaching history, music, science, character, and literature accessible and joy-filled. Rebecca lives with her husband and their two sons in Fort Lauderdale where she is an adjunct professor at Knox Theological Seminary in their Christian and Classical Studies program, of which she is an alumna.