Stories, songs, games ... are excellent educational resources for children to learn the names of animals, colors or numbers. But also children's poetry! Therefore, we suggest you a nice short poem with pictograms written by Marisa Alonso that allows us to work on these concepts with our children.
This poem is entitled 'El Parcheesi' and we propose it to you in pictogram format. This means that we have replaced some of your words with small illustrations. In this way, you can engaging children in readingeven if they can't read yet. Fun is guaranteed!
This poetry by Marisa Alonso is made up of two stanzas, each one of four lines. Being a very short text, through which children will discover the different animals and colors, it will not be heavy or too complicated. Therefore, we can read it several times to fix learning and new words.
This poetry is very simple and teaches children to distinguish colors and some of the closest animals. Therefore, these verses are intended for very young children, from 3 years.
The way you read this poem will depend on the age of your children. In case it is 2 years old, the first time you will have to read it yourself, from top to bottom, pointing at the pictograms to get your attention. The next times you read it together, you will surely remember some of the new words you have read. In the case of children 3 years and older, they will enjoy shared reading from the first moment.
And without further ado ... here is the poem about the game of Parcheesi! In some countries this popular board game is known as ludo, parquet or patchesi. What do you call it?
And in case you have any doubts about some of the words that represent the pictograms of the verses, then we leave you the complete poetry.
Behind the cat goes the dog,
to play Parcheesi
with the child there are already four.
The dog wears yellow
and the mouse goes red,
the cat wears green,
The boy of what color?
Reading poetry together is just the first step. Once we are familiar with the verses, we can propose to the children a series of fun activities with which to work on the concepts that the verses propose. Let's see some ideas!
1. Reading comprehension questions
First of all, we propose you a classic of the reading exercises: the reading comprehension questions. These serve to know if children have the ability to understand the message and general meaning of the text and if they have managed to maintain attention.
As this is a very simple poetry for very young children, the questions that we propose below are very easy. Do not hesitate to adapt them to the level of your children.
- What are the protagonists of poetry going to play?
- Do you remember two of the animals that appear in the poem?
- What colors appear in poetry?
- So what color is the child dressed in?
2. Understand all pictograms
Another very important activity that we must do so that the children understand and enjoy the poem is to make sure that they know all the words that appear in it. Therefore, below we provide you with a glossary that details the meaning of each of the pictograms. But, in addition, we will have to explain to the children what Parcheesi is.
3. Make your own Parcheesi and play with it
Parcheesi or ludo is a very fun board game that children really enjoy. In addition, it allows them to work while waiting for their turn, coordination, memory, strategy ... If you don't have a board to play with, you can make it yourself out of a cardboard sheet. In it you will have to draw different boxes with the four main colors: yellow, red, blue and green. You can also make the dice with a cardboard, scissors and glue.
Through this short poem, we can work with the children on the following concepts:
From the age of 3, even earlier, children often learn to distinguish and name different colors. They will begin by learning the basic colors, which correspond to the colors of Parcheesi, but little by little they will get to know others such as purple, brown, orange, etc. We can even use this poem for the little ones to review how these colors are said in English.
- The names of the animals
Almost all children are struck by animals, as they are fascinating beings. This means that, since they are very young, they feel attracted to know their names, their behaviors ... This poem allows us to introduce them to some of the animals closest to them: pets. In the same way, we can take the opportunity to teach children what these animals are called in English (dog, cat and mouse).
- The noises animals make
Although the poem does not explicitly refer to it, we can also take advantage of reading these verses to review with the children what noises animals make. We can ask them: how does the dog do? And the cat? From there, we can talk about any other animal, even if it does not appear in poetry.
- The numbers
And finally, we can also use this poem to review the lower numbers with the children, since the poem refers to the number 4. As the pictogram shows, we can ask them to point to different figures with their raised fingers.
If your older children have liked this short poem with pictograms, encourage them to write their own poetry or story with pictures! You just have to take a story, write it and replace some of its words with pictograms. So that you enjoy more texts of this style, here are some that you will love.
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