It was a lovely spring morning. The sun woke up and spread its warm rays all over the forest. A cheerful ray of sunshine crept into the burrow of a squirrel and mischievously stroked it on the nose.
Beatrice the Squirrel opened her eyes, jumped out of her soft, warm bed and rushed to the kitchen to pick up the lunch she had prepared for herself the night before. Today, she and her friends were meeting in front of the big old oak tree and going on a hike. They had decided to look for the hidden treasure everybody in the forest was talking about. A rumor among the animals had been going round for years about a deeply hidden secret only Zorro the forest sage knew. You all know Zorro the Cat, the One who never eats mice and has his very own organic vegetable garden. He lives in the forest and meditates all day long. Yes, Zorro was the forest sage. He had seen a lot and he knew the secrets of life. That's why our friends wanted to meet with him and to ask him about the hidden treasure.
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То the parents:
The main educational goal of the fairy tale is to teach the child that the most important and beautiful things can be found inside of us:
"The most precious treasure is deep inside of us and it is called Love!"
Other notable goals:
to cultivate a love for nature
"It was a lovely spring morning. The sun woke up and spread its warm rays all over the forest. A cheerful ray of sunshine crept into the burrow of a squirrel and mischievously stroked it on the nose."
to teach the child to be independent (the child identifies with the character and when the character feels something, the child experiences it as well)
"Beatrice the Squirrel opened her eyes, jumped out of her soft, warm bed and rushed to the kitchen to pick up the lunch she had prepared for herself the night before."
to develop an adventurous spirit and inquisitiveness
"They had decided to look for the hidden treasure everybody in the forest was talking about."
"Beatrice was the first one there, of course, as she was impatient to take off on a new adventure."
to believe that when you truly want something, the whole Universe helps you
"But as we all know, nothing in this life happens quite by chance."
"Because when someone truly wants something, the entire Universe helps by arranging for everything to happen in the best possible way."
to teach respect for our elders, because they have more experience and wisdom
"His great-grandfather had made it many, many years ago. He had wanted to share his wisdom with the next generation that way."
"Yes, Zorro was the forest sage. He had seen a lot and he knew the secrets of life."
to nurture an understanding of the connection between goodness and love
"Because when people love, they are good. And when they are good, they love."
to feel the love and support of nature
"Love is when the birds chirp at your window in the morning to greet you with the new day. Love is when the sun gently strokes your head..."
to feel the love and support of the family (the child identifies with the character and when the character feels something, the child experiences it as well)
"Love is when Mommy hugs you and when Daddy tickles you and you laugh together."
to teach the older child love and understanding for the younger one
"'And is it Love when you share your toys with your little sister, even though she's still too young to play with them?' Fifi asked."
to teach the child to participate in the family's household chores
"'Love is when you help Mommy set the table for dinner. I do that because I love her...' It seems they all loved Mommy, because every single one of them helped with something at home."
to teach the child kindness through the understanding that it is good to help someone in need by sharing with them what is yours
"'Love is when you share your sandwich with someone who doesn't have one,' Bobbo said. 'I forgot to take my lunch to school one day, and Beatrice shared her sandwich with me.'"
to nurture an attitude of love and friendship
"'I'm so happy that you're all my friends!' The children started laughing and hugging each other. They were very good friends. And now they understood why. Because they loved each other so much!"
to help the child feel the Love all around
"The grass patch suddenly came to life, even the flowers started hugging and saying how much they loved each other. The birds were chirping excitedly, enjoying all the happiness."
- to make the child feel calm and relaxed and to fall asleep more quickly and easily
It is a good idea to hug the child while listening to the fairy tale - that way they will receive the necessary love and warmth. After listening to the fairy tale several times, you can search for the moral of the story together by asking questions like:
"What did the children learn?" or "What is the treasure? Where is it?"
That way, you will see what the child has understood (you train their memory) and help them reinforce the positive knowledge gained from the fairy tale.
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