WINTER – Fairy Tales

It’s winter, and those long dark nights lend themselves to storytelling. The holidays and the twinkling stars remind us of the magic inside each of us. Psychologists say that fairy tales provide opportunities for emotional growth; adults could use some emotional growth, too! Come explore the Grimm Brothers, Maurice Sendak, Aesop, and Asian Fairy tales.



Dr. Elissa Kaplan is the founder and director of Growing Projects, an educational consulting company, whose vision is leadership through critical thinking and compassionate choices. She earned two master’s degrees in Comparative Literature and Language Arts as well as an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from George Washington University. Over a seventeen-year period, she has served as Director of Education at four synagogues in Maryland and Connecticut.

Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24 & 31, at 1:10pm to 2:50pm, Room E219



Fairy Tales are Not Just for Children, Elissa Kaplan

Week 1 – Learn about the life and times of Aesop (5th century BCE). Read some of the fables and summarize the moral lessons. Create a real-life memoir with a true event to illustrate one of the top ten Aesop morals.

Week 2 – Use Chinese and Western fairy tales to understand Chinese literature. Compare Lon Poo and Little Red Riding Hood to discover similarities in culture and traditions of the East and West.

Week 3Find out about the Grimm brothers (18th century). Read some stories as they were originally written. Look at the common elements of fairy tales and create fractured fairy tales.

Week 4 Discover the biography of Maurice Sendak, author of splendid nightmares (20th century). Read Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen and Outside Over There. Discover things children fear and find them in Sendak’s books.