Beginning readers in Kindergarten through sixth grades should be given character-building stories along with those that promote the joys of childhood. The plots should show that the good are rewarded and the wicked punished. Never should the deeds of evil or sinful behavior be condoned or celebrated, such as stealing, cruelty, or bullying. Young readers love animal adventure stories, fables, and tales of heroes. Many of these teach valuable lessons and good character.
Literature and poetry, along with history are among the most important subjects in acquiring the best education, because through these subjects we pass on the ideals and values of traditional Western Christian culture. Not only will your child be influenced to love the good (and hate the bad), they will learn that good wins out over evil through model characters they encounter in the past’s great literature. They will learn through poetry some of the best writings and stories of the great authors.
“The purpose of this ‘classical’ education was to pass on knowledge, values, and ideals of our culture; for to teach human beings their true nature, their dignity, their rightful place in the scheme of things.” (Martin Cothran).