No parent wants their child to be sad. Therefore, we always look for different tools to make them happy, even when they are not. However, sadness is also a necessary emotion that helps children grow and develop their Emotional Intelligence. For children to understand their emotions, Marisa Alonso has written this short poem about sadness entitled 'The sad man'.
After the poem, we propose some comprehension exercises based on the verses and we suggest other educational resources that will help you talk with your child about sadness.
Then you can read the poem about sadness. As you will soon discover, it is a poetry of 5 stanzas, each of which has 4 verses. Therefore, it is a not very long poem that children can memorize and recite later with ease.
lying was on the sand
sobbing like a child
And the moon that saw it
he took pity on that man
What's wrong with you? What's wrong with you?
With interest he asked.
The man turned his face
and with hiccups he answered:
Oh, moon, moon, moon,
I don't even know it!
Listen! Said the moon,
in listening she is an expert
and before others it helped.
And although he hesitated to go see her
the bear finally visited
and with his wise words
life made man happy.
Has your son liked poetry? Before we talk in more depth about sadness, we are going to propose some fun and very poetic exercises that will help you assess whether the child has paid attention to reading.
1. True or false?
We begin by proposing some phrases based on poetry. Your child will have to say whether they are telling a truth or a lie based on what you have read.
- The man was sad, but not sad enough to cry.
- The moon saw him sad, but decided to leave him alone to let him go.
- The moon was convinced that no one could help this man.
- The man was never happy again.
2. Some questions about the poem
Here are some questions that you can propose to your child related to verses. Some of them are designed to test the child's reading comprehension, but with other questions that you can read below, you will be able to make him reflect (even reflect yourself!).
- What do you think made the leading man in this poem sad?
- What makes you sad?
- What do you feel when you are sad? What do you think this man feels?
- How would you define sadness?
- How do you think the Big Dipper helped this man to be more cheerful? What helps you when you are sad?
3. Find words that rhyme with ...
Once we've discussed sadness with the children and made sure they understand the text, it's time to talk about poetry! Here are some words taken from the text so that you can think of some others with which it rhymes.
- Penalty (for example: full, thunders, sounds ...)
4. ¡Become a poet!
And as a last activity, propose to your child to write a four-line stanza, for example, with these words that we have extracted from the poetry that you have read. Let the subject of this verse be free, so that your imagination can run wild. The only requirement is that the stanza you make up contains the right word.
If you want to continue working on emotions with your children, below we propose other educational resources such as stories and scripts for plays that talk about joy, fear, anger, etc.
Sadness, although no one likes to feel it, is also an important emotion and, therefore, is also very important in the emotional development of children. However, how can we help children understand it? Here are some keys that you should take into account.
- Never ask your child to suppress this emotion
'Don't be sad', 'If nothing happens', 'It's not so serious' ... With phrases like these, we convey to children the message that you should never be sad and that any of the situations that put you sad is not relevant.
- Help the child express what he feels
Rather, we should encourage the child to talk about how he is feeling. For this we can ask questions such as: How do you feel? How do you think the protagonist of the film feels? What can I do to help you?
- Be by your side when you need it
It is possible that when a child is sad, he needs a moment of solitude to reflect and find himself. We parents must respect this process, but we must also let our child know that we will be there for when he needs us. In this way, the little one will feel accompanied.
- Teach him to understand and channel this emotion
As they grow, children should learn to name each of the emotions they feel every day. Therefore, we can take advantage of when they feel sad to make them realize that what they feel at that moment is sadness. Telling them that we understand how they feel, because we too feel sad at times, will help them understand that they are not weird for feeling this way and that it is okay to be sad sometimes. We can also take advantage of when we are watching a movie in which one of the characters is sad to make them notice it.
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