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Take things your kids learn at school like Aesop’s fables and turn them into teachable moments at home. When I was a child in school, we read Aesop’s fables. For those of you not familiar with them, Aesop was an ancient Greek story-teller who is famous for his short stories or fables. Each of his fables involved animals or objects that speak and teach lessons to readers. One of the most famous of Aesop’s fables is “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” That famous story tells what happens when one says something bad is happening when in fact it is not.
I read Aesop’s fables, one per night with my oldest son. We read to teach other and talk about the lesson the fable has for us. Some of the stories are deep and require a lot of discussion and figuring out. Other stories are funny and make us laugh as we see ourselves, our family members or friends in the characters. The stories are not the end product, but a stepping off point we use to have conversations, so learn about each other and about the world. We have also read other books like “The Time Machine” and enjoyed reading a story that takes a few months to read when you go a few pages at a time. The good thing about Aesop’s fables is that each story start and end in an evening. Each night is a new adventure, a new set of lessons to learn.
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