Gabriela Mistral was one of the most important Chilean poets and the first Ibero-American woman to receive a Nobel Prize; he won the literature award in 1945. Among his most famous verses we can find some short poems that can be shared with children, and that they will enjoy very much. An example of these poems with great musicality is thisDoña Primavera, perfect for children to read and learn about the flower season.
you saw that it is beautiful,
dress in lemon tree
and in blossoming orange.
Wear for sandals
some wide leaves,
and by caravans
some red fuchsias.
Go out to find her
down those roads.
She goes crazy with suns
and crazy with trills!
of fruitful breath,
laughs at all
the sorrows of the world ...
Do not believe whoever speaks
of mean lives.
How are you going to run into them
among the jasmine?
How will you find them
next to the sources
of golden mirrors
and burning songs?
From the sick land
in the brown crevices,
light rose bushes
of red pirouettes.
She puts on her lace,
light up your veggies,
on the sad stone
of the graves ...
of glorious hands,
do that for life
Roses of joy,
roses of forgiveness,
roses of affection,
and of exultation.
It is impossible to read this poetry and not catch the beauty and joy that spring always brings us. But, in addition to awakening our spring spirit, we can use this short poem to propose different activities to children. Below you will find several exercises or games that are based on reading the verses. To be useful and attractive to your child, you must adapt them to their age and knowledge.
1. Some reading comprehension questions
With the questions that you will find below, you will be able to test if your child has understood the message that this poem wants to convey and if he has paid attention to what you were reading.
- Do you remember any of the natural elements that are mentioned in the poem?
- According to poetry, is spring a sad or happy season?
- What kind of flower is mentioned in the last stanza?
2. The word detective!
We propose a game with which your child can review what he has learned in language class. Throughout the text, you should find an example of the following:
- A noun
- An adjective
- One word in the plural and another in the singular
- An infinitive verb
- An exclamatory phrase
- A flat word and a sharp one
- A monosyllable
- A hiatus
3. Memorize and dedicate this poem to spring
One of the great benefits of poetry is that it helps improve children's memory. You can learn this poetry and later go out into the country to recite it and, in some way, dedicate it to the springtime nature that surrounds you.
4. ¿How does this poem make you feel?
In general, spring is often associated with an emotional state of joy. However, it is possible that each child interprets and feels this season of the year in a different way (for example, a child who has a lot of spring allergy may not be able to associate it with happiness, but a child whose birthday is celebrated on these days, yes I could consider it the happiest season of the year).
Therefore, a very interesting exercise that we can do with children is to ask them how this poetry makes you feel. Happy? Sad? Surprised? Fearfully? In addition to expressing it orally, we can encourage them to draw a drawing (it can be abstract) that represents the emotions they feel with the poem. We can also provide them with different musical works or songs for them to select the one that best expresses how they feel.
5. Find out more about spring
This poem encourages curiosity and invites children to learn more about spring. For this reason, below we propose some lines that you can investigate by consulting in books or on the Internet.
- Does spring start on the same day in all countries? Why are some in spring and others in fall? And when they are in fall, we are in spring?
- What is the rainbow and why does it come out so much in spring?
- Listen to Vivaldi's work of 'The Four Seasons' and discuss what the one that corresponds to spring represents.
- Observe and interpret Boticelli's painting entitled 'La Primavera'.
6. Spring, seen from the eyes of a child
Finally, we cannot miss the opportunity to ask the children to draw a picture to illustrate the poem. They can stick to what the poetry tells or they can let their imagination run wild and represent spring as they see it.
In addition to reading poetry, below we propose some activities that will surely help you to better savor each of the days of spring.
- Take nature walks. The countryside, the forest, the river, the mountain, the beach ... All the natural environments are beautiful in spring! Walking along its paths can be a very fun plan, as long as we do it with care and respect!
- Play natural treasures. Nature gives us different natural treasures every day. With this game you will be able to collect some of the ones you like the most: a very round stone that you find, a beautiful brown leaf ... You will realize that it is possible that some of the natural treasures you cannot take home , because you would be damaging nature. In those cases, you can take some photos of them.
- Taste fruits and vegetables in season. What are the seasonal fruits and vegetables in your region during spring? Do not hesitate to prepare delicious recipes with them.
- Dyeing flowers at home. Spring gives us many flowers. Have you ever done the experiment of dyeing them? It is fun!
And to finish, below we propose other educational resources that talk about spring to children. You are going to like them a lot!
Happy spring to all!
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