Fairy Tales: Frightful Fiction or Wise Words?

By Lindsay Carson, Pre-K Teacher If you were to do a Google search for articles on fairy tales and the modern child, many would argue that these stories are too scary for our little ones. The sentiment is understandable: remember the wolf eating grandmother and then a little girl? Or a giant threatening to grind human bones to make bread, and even a witch who wants to kill four siblings to retain her power? As scary as these stories might seem, I want to invite you to consider this quote from G.K. Chesterton: “Fairy tales… are not responsible for producing …

A Good Story

When I joined the faculty of Augustine School in 2006, I was completely on board with a school that affirms an education that helps shape and form wise and virtuous young men and women who are learning to submit all things to the universal lordship of Christ. However, I was an infant in my understanding of how to accomplish this. I knew that classical education engages children in stories. But during my first year of teaching, I was asked by a parent, “What guidelines do you use to decide what is a good story?” I knew that classical education engages children …