ChatterBank3 mins ago
Reading the Classics to ur kids??
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i think its gr8 that u r encouraging ur kids 2 read the classic books, im sorry 2 say that i have never even read any of the books that you have mentioned, (im 15) I do think however, that the only people you should ask is your kids themselves. Do they enjoy the books, if so thats gr8 and you should continue reading them or even get them 2 read parts, if they are interested in the longer versions then offer them to them. If they do not enjoy these books, then change to a different style or another activity that involves you all... imposing these books on young children whilst they are not enjoying them will only discourage them from reading, either, altogether or books by that same author... good luck! xxx
I didn't have much of a classical education as a kid and so resolved to provide a bit more for my three (ages 18, 16, and 8 nearly). I found that those classic works I did feel an affinity for where the ones that I'd had explained to me in a way I could grasp when a kid-a mad music teacher going out of his mind acting out the final scene of Don Giovanni, where the statue turns up to collect him, was particularly memorable. As for literature the Lamb's 'Shakespeare for Children' worked on me, and in turn on my kids.
Having studied psychology it seems that developing minds store away an image, or a gist, of something that makes subsequent understanding of the more complex adult version more easily 'grasp-able', if that makes sense(?) Effectively if you introduce your children to simplified versions of stuff you want them to be enriched by in later life this acts as a kind of mental passport later which gets them into stuff more easily than coming at it fresh as an adult. So I'd say do it. Incidentally it worked on my eldest two, and even the boy feels less isolated when matters turn to things cultural-he's at least in the game. Hope this helps.