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Einstein once suggested that if we want our children to be smart, we should read them fairy tales. If we want them to be even smarter, we should read them more fairy tales.
Fairy tales can present unexpected and challenging circumstances with imaginative and sometimes bizarre outcomes. They address our hopes and apprehensions, our cultural perspectives, and our deep-rooted values. These fantastic stories can be life lessons or they can be vehicles for us to ponder what is right, wrong, or uncertain. Fairy tales captivate our interest and are invaluable and versatile tools for teaching.
This page is a modest attempt to consolidate some resources I have collected and ideas I am developing. In teaching German I have presented fairy tales to four year olds through high school students. "Die Wichtelmännchen" was great for learning clothing items and numbers. "Rotkäppchen" could serve as a catalyst for discussing something as simple as "Wie siehst du aus?" to "Was würdest du machen, wenn...?" I hope you and your students have as much fun as I have learning through the world of fairy tales.
Thanks to all who have gone to great effort to put together so many wonderful resources.
A special "Danke schön" to Dr. Mohamed Esa for providing so much useful information, material, and insight to German teachers during the FATG's annual "Sprachbad" at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida!