Tell a Fairy Tale Day | JOY for Today
What's your favorite fairy tale? What part of it brings you JOY? Now, find a way to connect that JOY to your life. While you may not encounter any dragons, fairies, or poisoned apples today, we do believe your happily ever after is coming.
JOY for Today Offerings:
- Did You Know... Three we didn't.
- Wolfe Stew Connects To a fairy tale life.
- Bible Verses and Quotes About fairy tales.
- Activity Suggestions for telling and discussing fairy tales.
- Last Year's Post: Ash Wednesday Day (46 days before Easter)
- Fairy tales are not just for kids? Fairy tales, loosely defined, are stories with mythical creatures, a plot centered on good versus evil, and are told from generation to generation. Some fairy tales are written with children in mind, and others for adults. Many of the popular fairy tales we know today were originally written for adults but altered for children. (American Literature and Love to Know)
- The Grimm Brother's tales and Hans Christian Anderson's stories were not their own? Rather, they both collected and retold stories passed down through generations, often by women. (Love to Know & Biography.com)
- Cinderella is the most popular fairy tale? While over 1,500 traditional variations of the tale exist, Charles Perrault wrote the most familiar version in the 17th century. It continues to intrigue us with numerous modern retellings. (Reader's Digest)
- The first literary fairy tale might be a version of Beauty and the Beast? While some scholars name Apuleius' myth "Cupid and Psyche," similar to Beauty and the Beast, the first written fairy tale, the oral origin of fairy tales makes it impossible to definitively name a first. (SurLaLune)
- A synonym for "fairy tale" is lie? Other synonyms listed: falsity, taradiddle, and whopper. (Merriam-Webster)
We'd Love to Know:
- Describe the current plot twist in your fairy tale. Imagine God rescuing you from it in a crazy, off-the-wall, fairy-talesque way. Then, thank God for His goodness. Let Him know you trust Him. You don't know how you'll be delivered from this current evil you're facing, but you know He is good. You can rest in that.
- Turn to uplifting others in their fairy tales by joining us as we continue studying Proverbs 31:23. Next week we're looking at gates, roles, and God (Take a peek at our Wolfe Notes to see what we covered last week.) Or engage in last year's growth opportunity and learn to RISE to change.
- "Don't let others spoil your faith and joy with their philosophies, their wrong and shallow answers built on men's thoughts and ideas, instead of on what Christ has said." Colossians 2:8 TLB
- "But refuse and avoid irreverent legends (profane and impure and godless fictions, mere grandmothers' tales) and silly myths, and express your disapproval of them. Train yourself toward godliness (piety), [keeping yourself spiritually fit]." I Timothy 4:7 AMPC
- "Put an end to their myths and fables, and their idea of being saved by finding favor with an endless chain of angels leading up to God - wild ideas that stir up questions and arguments instead of helping people accept God's plan of faith." I Timothy 1:4 TLB
- "In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable." Philippians 4:8 GNT
- "We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders." Psalm 78:4 NLT
- "Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." - Roald Dahl
- "But wishes are only granted in fairy tales." - Simone Elkeles
- "There is the great lesson of 'Beauty and the Beast,' that a thing must be loved before it is lovable." - G.K. Chesterton
- "Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed." - G.K. Chesterton
- “But someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." - C.S. Lewis
We'd Love to Know:
Which verse or quote connects with your thoughts about fairy tales?
The Mr.'s Suggestion:
Tell your favorite fairy tale!Check out The Little Oak Learning's Instagram post for some quick tips on telling stories or Mensa for Kids' activities for improving storytelling. Also, delve into this online collection of fairy tales (at FairyTales.Info) for inspiration.
The Mrs.' Suggestions:
- But sequence one first with Kindergarten Nana. Then, use a similar blank 2-by-3 grid to have them plan their own through drawing or writing. (PreK-1st)
- By planning story structure with Mrs. Labrasciano (Second and Third Graders)
- From a different perspective with Teacher Nyla's list of fractured fairy tales for models. (Fourth to Sixth)
- Wake up in a fairy tale or mystery novel?
- Grow a magic beanstalk or ride in a pumpkin carriage?
- Face a dragon or the big, bad wolf?