When reading with your children, it is always important to help them learn that as a character struggles, and then figures out how to come up with a solution to his problem, that character learns a lesson. They need to be aware that as readers we also learn a lesson from the character.
The Question You Should Ask Your Child
As you finish reading books with your children, have a conversation;
“Let’s talk about what the character learns in this story….”
For example, the lesson learned from “The Three Little Pigs”, is that hard work and dedication pays off. In the “Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister, we learn that the more we share, the happier we can become.
The lesson the character learns, or the inner journey of a character, is known as the character arc. If a story has a character arc, the character begins as one sort of person, and during the story, things happen which gradually transforms him or her into a different sort of person.
And from that arc, we as a reader can learn valuable lessons.
A list of common lessons learned from books:
- Love is the most important pursuit.
- Standing up for what you believe takes courage.
- Sometimes people use power to take advantage of others.
- Sacrifice can bring rewards.
- When faced with difficulties, regular people, even kids, can do extraordinary things.
- In difficult times friends support each other.
- People who break rules often do not benefit from their actions.
Life lessons can be hard. We learn many things during our lifetime. And sometimes we can learn a lot from our favorite storybook characters.
Written by Ana Winton
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