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Children love picture stories and nursery rhymes because they can participate in their reading, even if they are still too young to read. On this occasion, we bring you a fun short poem with pictograms written by Marisa Alonso entitled 'Lazy Ant'. It is dedicated to those disorderly children who do not usually help at home with housework.
If this is the case with your son or daughter, do not hesitate to read these verses with him or her. Children should help with housework from a young age, always adjusting the tasks to their age and abilities. It is a way of transmitting responsibility, but also promoting their autonomy.
As you will see, the poem of the lazy ant is made up of 7 stanzas and each of them has 4 verses. Enjoy your reading a lot! In case there is any doubt about the illustrations that we have used to create the pictograms, we have also left you the complete poem written with all the words and, a little further down, the glossary with all the terms we have used.
Let's go there with the poetry of the laziest ant!
The trunk of a palm tree
that they know nothing about each other,
they are not friends at all.
They grumbled at each other
because he got there first
the dust of the anthill.
I swept and washed dishes,
I left everything in order
and when i came home
I found it messy.
Protested and protested
and finally decided to shut up
Well, it was of no use.
That change in attitude
made the ant think
and the one who was lazy
began to collaborate.
Dusted, washed dishes,
put pretty vases,
ordered the whole house
and on the table this sign
I hope that you forgive me,
I like your company
and from that moment
If you liked this nursery rhyme, dedicated to all the children who should start helping out more at home and fulfilling their assignments, now is the time to do some activities! They are very simple exercises (which you can adapt to the age and knowledge of your children) and that will help them better understand the meaning of poetry and what we want to work with it.
1. Understand well all the pictograms of the poem
The first thing we must do is make sure that our child has understood well all the words that appear in poetry. Ask him if there is a concept that escapes his vocabulary and explain the meaning of that word.
If you consider it appropriate (and if your child is old enough), you can also look up what he did not understand in the dictionary. In this way, we instill in him how to use this very useful tool while teaching him that we can always find a solution to the problems or difficulties that come our way.
In any case, to dispel any doubts that may have remained, below we propose the glossary of terms with the meaning of all the pictograms that we have used in the previous poem.
2. Some reading comprehension questions
Once we know that the child understands the meaning of all the words that appear in the poem, we can go a little further and find out if he has understood the message that the verses convey. To do this, we propose some reading comprehension questions that you can ask:
- How is the relationship of the two ants in the poem? They are friends?
- Why is one of the two ants angry with the other?
- What did you decide to do to make your partner realize your anger?
- It worked?
- What did the second ant start to do?
3. Learn and recite poetry
If each member of the family memorizes one of the stanzas of this poem, you can organize a fun poetic recital with which to surprise the rest of the family or friends. In addition, this is a great exercise to work on the memorization of the smallest of the house.
4. Keep writing more verses for the poem
And if you want to empower that poet or poet that your son or daughter carries inside, challenge him to continue inventing some verses for this fun poem. I'm sure the result, even if it doesn't rhyme, is wonderful.
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The study 'Participation of parents and children in family conflicts in adolescence and youth' by Beatriz Rodríguez Ruiz, Sonia Plasencia and María José Rodrigo López (for International Journal of Development and Educational Psychology) explains that the distribution and fulfillment of tasks from home is the most common reason for family conflicts.
Since in so many homes this is a reason for problems to appear, parents must make sure to instill good habits and routines at home so that children understand that they must also participate in the maintenance of the home. Here are some tips to get it:
- We must teach children that housework is part of your responsibilities at home. It is not about obeying mom or dad and doing what they say, but we must teach them that they should do their homework, because that is their responsibility.
- Always adapt children's tasks to their abilities. If we propose tasks that are too complex for children, depending on the skills they have developed, we may incur a risk to your safety as well as we can generate frustration and a feeling of wanting to give up.
- When we entrust children with a task at home, we must teach them to do it; We can't expect them to already know how to pick up their toys or how to fold their clothes. This means that they may not do as well as we would like, however, we must teach them to learn from their mistakes and challenge them to improve little by little.
- Teach values such as the effort, patience or perseverance will make the children accomplish their assigned tasks.
- Make a table with the orders of the whole family and put it in a visible place in the house. Even if the children cannot read yet, when they see this routine table, they will agree that they must fulfill their task.
- Forever we must be patient, because it is normal that children do not do their homework right the first time (and their room is not as placed as we would like or that their bed is not as well made as we want). However, we must let the children do it and convey to them that these habits of order must be learned little by little.
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