Aesop: A Good Beginning


From Cheryl Swope | October 27, 2016 | On Classical Education

Classical writings possess a concise wisdom. More than relics or heirlooms, many ancient writings instruct us – and our children – in our own time.

For over 2500 years some of the simplest of these writings, Aesop’s fables, have been deemed “the ideal pedagogical vehicle, second only to the Bible when it comes to instructing young people in morality” Aesop’s fables offer wise counsel from an unusual source: common animals.

  • However unfortunate we may think we are, there is always someone worse off than ourselves. The Hares & the Frogs
  • From a wolf, we learn to serve in the area for which we are best suited, “Stick to your trade.” The Wolf & the Ass
  • The race is not always to the swift. The Tortoise & the Hare

Even for a child on the autism spectrum or even the special-needs teen who lacks discernment, Aesop’s stories can be a helpful and disarming method of instruction in social maturity. “Do not believe everything you hear.” “The wise do not let themselves be tricked a second time.”

If you are new Consider copybook exercises, dramatic retellings, or recitations.


Aesop’s Fables with audio CD, illustrated by Milo Winter.

Aesop Coloring Book Whether your child enjoys coloring or just needs practice with fine-motor skills, consider this inexpensive coloring book with drawings of Aesop’s fables derived from 1476 German woodcuts.

We include Aesop in our Simply Classical Curriculum.

Aesop’s fables provide a good beginning in a classical education for any child.



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