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Benefits of Reading, Fiction and Empathy

A quote from the author of today’s re-blog:

“I will hang my hat on fiction and literature as the foundation to teach the most important things in life, beginning with empathy.”

A Teacher's Reflections


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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6 responses to “Benefits of Reading, Fiction and Empathy

  1. Jennie January 26, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Thank you for reblogging this!


  2. dgkaye January 30, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Wonderful lessons. :)


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