Did you know that fairy tales and Greek mythology can make your child smarter permanently? One of the greatest contemporary Greek authors of children’s books, Evgenios Trivizas, often talks about the role of fairy tales in boosting children’s intelligence. Albert Einstein famously stated “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be very intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
Storytelling and Smarter Brains
Research shows that certain parts of our brains associated with critical and analytical thinking light up when we’re told a compelling story with many potential outcomes. From ancient times, our ability to pick up the cues and lessons from the stories and myths passed down to us could mean all the difference in our lives.
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Fairy tales and Mythology encourage kids to compare and contrast and “run simulations” in their brains as to the consequences of different decisions and actions as those play out in the stories. For instance, Greek Mythology and especially Aesop’s Fables, give kids the opportunity to learn about virtue and what happens to someone who makes wise and moral decisions, compared to someone who doesn’t.
Greek Mythology tells us of all the mythical journeys ancient Greeks took – Greeks led the way in exploration, discoveries, and inventions. Similar to Icarus and Daedalus making wings out of feathers and wax to fly away from their captivity, kids learn to think how they might find solutions to get out of difficult situations by using their minds, also. As the fate of Icarus taught us when we were kids, we must learn to harness technology but we must listen to our elders and use it wisely or it will literally lead to our downfall – a powerful lesson for children to learn in our high-tech era. That is why our core teaching method – The Learning Path – is steeped in Hellenism, to help kids learn Greek and learn the wisdom of Hellenic thought.
More is Better
Aesop’s Fables and Greek Mythology are not just a cultural gem for kids to enjoy; they are a “super tool” for kids to exercise their brains and grow new neural connections permanently leading to a boost in intelligence, creativity, and overall cognitive potential. Not only that, as Einstein stated – the beneficial effect of fairy tales is “dose-dependent” - the more kids exercise the kind of imagination and creative thinking fairy tales and mythology promotes, the more kids shift from simply contemplating various scenarios towards getting to develop the skill of how to apply this kind of thinking on their own.
The younger we get kids exposed to the benefits of fairy tales, Greek Mythology, and Aesop’s Fables, the better for their cognitive development. Through such games as our Heroes and Monsters, kids get to encounter mythological characters and the spirit of adventure and exploration. They get to learn that action and excitement needs to be balanced by logic and knowledge in order to progress in the game.
In addition, Aesop’s Fables and Mythology can give kids the impetus to learn and contemplate the virtues of friendship, honesty, bravery, and justice from a young age, which will help them immensely as they engage in social life in primary school and beyond.
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