This is a wonderful post on the positive power of reading fiction and creating empathy in children by a talented teacher. I wanted to share it with my other readers.
There is a reason I begin every school year by reading aloud Charlotte’s Web. Besides being a terrific story that children love year after year, the underlying message goes far deeper than the friendship between Charlotte the spider and Wilbur the pig. Charlotte risks her life for Wilbur; she acts upon her friendship. That is important, especially for young children.
I read this book aloud in September and October, when children are navigating friendships. Frankly, these are the months they are figuring out pretty much everything. Children want to know their place: where they fit into the class and how they will make friends. Their world is family and school; therefore, I have an enormous job on my shoulders in those first few months of helping children find their way. It all starts with kindness and friendship, and Charlotte’s Web leads the way.
As I read the book and…
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