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What is love. Story to reflect with the children of this emotion


What is love; This is the title of this children's story, but it is also a very interesting question to ponder with children. How can we define this emotion? What do we feel with love? This short story by Marisa Alonso takes us to a beautiful family made up of a father and two girls who tirelessly try to discover what love is.

In addition to reflection, we propose some reading comprehension questions and other educational resources to talk with your children about love.

Since he became a widower, Alberto only lived for them. Jana had just been four years old and Emma was seven.

Every morning he would wake the girls up to take them to school, prepare their breakfast and help Jana finish dressing and pack her backpack. Emma, ​​being the oldest, already did it alone.

One day Jana asked her father:

- Father, what is love?

Alberto looked at his daughter dumbfounded and hugged her.

"This is love, Jana," he replied later.

- Dad, what is love? - Jana asked again on the way to school.

Alberto looked at her and kissed her.

This is Love, Jana - he said later.

One day when Alberto was doing two braids for Emma, ​​Jana asked again.

- Dad, what is love?

Alberto looked at her and began to untangle her hair as well.

"This is love, Jana," he said later.

But Jana, not convinced by her answers, insisted on asking her every day:

- Dad, what is love?

Alberto gave him a taste of the meatballs he was cooking.

"This is love, Jana," he said later.

- Lets go dad! Don't tease me anymore! Every time you tell me that love is a different thing. Joooooooo!

Alberto took her face in his hands and said:

My loves are you and your sister Emma. I'm not lying!

Jana went to sleep thinking about the words her father had said to her.

That night he had a nice dream. Her father, as always, took care of her and her sister Emma: took them to and from school, bathed them, combed them, dressed them, cooked for them, did everything possible so that they were well and were happy, always with a smile.

Then he realized what his father wanted to tell him: love was in every detail that he had with her and with Emma, ​​at every moment of the day, that's why, being different things, love was always present between them. At last he got it!

The next day when Alberto went to pick her up to go to school, Jana gave her a hug and said:

- ¡I love you Papa!

This beautiful story can become an educational resource to work on different aspects with children. Below we propose a series of educational activities or exercises that you can propose to your child once you finish reading this story. You will share a very entertaining moment during which your little one will be reviewing some of the concepts that he has learned in class or practicing different skills.

1. Some reading comprehension questions
First of all, we propose some questions that will help you to know if your child has paid attention while you were reading the story. Reading comprehension is very important, since it is the ability to extract and interpret the information from the texts that are read, therefore, it is essential for the study.

Ask your child the following questions as a game:

  • Who are the main family in this story?
  • What does Jana constantly ask her father?
  • Do you remember any of the answers your father gave you?
  • What is love, according to what Jana understood?

2. Reflect on what the story tells
As we told you, this story invites reflection, both for children and adults. Therefore, after sharing it with your child, you can propose a talk about reading. Here are some suggested questions that could help guide that conversation.

  • What is love to you?
  • What gestures or behaviors of yours do you think are signs of love?
  • What gestures of love do you think I have with you?
  • Do you think this emotion is important on a day-to-day basis?

3. What do these words mean?
In the story, there may be some complicated words that the child may not know. Ask him to try to define the meaning of those that you think might have more difficulty, so that he explains them in his own words. In case you don't know its meaning, you can look up the definition in the dictionary. These are some of those more complicated words.

  • Widower
  • Spellbound
  • 'Do not tease me'
  • Insisted

4. Identify these words in the text
And for the review to be complete, ask your children to look in the text for examples that meet the following criteria.

  • A qualifying adjective
  • A preposition
  • A determinant
  • A simple past perfect verb, of the indicative mood
  • A sharp word

And to continue working on such an important emotion in life, such as love, below we propose other very varied educational resources. Any of them can be a good excuse to start talking with your child about what he thinks love is and how he experiences it.

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