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Stories are great vehicles of values for children. Generosity, empathy, courage ... You can also use them to teach them the meaning of countervalues, that is, those behaviors to avoid, such as laziness.
This tale, 'The lazy bird'is great for explaining to the little ones why laziness can be bad. And that the value of effort can save you from difficult situations.
Moments before sitting down with your child to tell the story of this little bird (choose a quiet time of day and a place where nothing or no one bothers you), it would not hurt to do a small introductory exercise so that in the head of the child some concepts are awakened. In this way, you can clarify certain doubts that may arise while reading it:
- Do you know what laziness is?
- In what situations are you lazy and lazy?
- What happens when you don't do the things at home that your parents or teachers ask you at school?
Once I have answered them, you can start with the story of this short story!
Once upon a time, there was a cute little bird, but very, very lazy. Every day, when it comes to getting up, I had to be calling him a thousand times until finally he got up; and when a task had to be done, he delayed everything until there was almost no time left to do it. They all constantly warned him:
- You're a lazy! You can't always be leaving everything to the last minute ...
- Bah, but if nothing happens - the little bird answered - I only take a little longer than the others to get things done.
The little birds spent the whole summer flying and playing, and when the fall began and the cold began to feel, they all began preparations for the great trip to a warmer country. But our little bird, always lazy, was leaving everything for later, sure that he would have time to prepare the trip. Until one day, when he got up, there was no one left.
Like every day, several friends had tried to wake him up, but he had half asleep replied that he would get up later, and had continued to rest for a long time. That day it was time to start the great trip, and the rules were clear and known to all: everything had to be prepared, because there were thousands of birds and no one could be expected. Then the little bird, who would not know how to make that very long journey alone, understood that for being so lazy, he would have to spend that long and cold winter alone.
At first he was crying for a long time, but then he thought that just as he had done things very badly, he could also do them very well, and without leaving time for laziness, he began to prepare everything thoroughly to be able to endure the cold of winter alone.
First he searched for days for the most protected place from the cold, and there, among some rocks, he built his new nest, which he reinforced with branches, stones and leaves; then he worked tirelessly to fill it with fruits and berries, so that it did not lack food to endure the whole winter, and finally even created a small pool inside the nest to store water. And when he saw that the nest was perfectly prepared, he trained himself to endure without hardly eating or drinking water, to be able to remain in his nest without leaving for as long as the severest snow lasted.
And although it seems incredible, all those preparations allowed the little bird to survive the winter. Of course, he had to suffer a lot and did not leave a day of regretting for having been so lazy.
So, when spring came his old friends returned from their great trip, they were all glad, surprised to find the little bird alive, and it seemed a lie to them that that lazy and lazy bird could have prepared that magnificent nest and endured alone. And when They verified that there was no longer a bit of laziness In his small body, and that he had become the most foresighted and hardworking of the colony, all agreed to entrust him with the organization of the great trip for the following year.
And everything was so well done and so well prepared, that they even had time to invent a special alarm clock, and no little bird, no matter how lazy, had to spend the winter alone again.
During the telling of the story, did you notice that your child was attentive and gesturing? That, in principle, means that he has followed the story well. But, how can we know if this story has penetrated the child? And what has he correctly learned about the whole plot? Here we present some reading comprehension exercises.
1. The game of questions
We start with an activity that is a classic! Here are some reading comprehension questions based on the story.
- Why was our little bird lazy?
- What did the other birds say about him?
- What did the other birds do when autumn came?
- Why did our little bird stay alone in the tree?
- What did our little bird do to face the winter?
- What lesson has our little bird learned?
- What have you learned from this story?
2. True or false
We continue with a proposal that tries to guess if the child has heard well what happens to the protagonist of this story, but instead of using questions, we resort to the traditional true or false!
- Every time the alarm goes off, the little bird is the first to wake up.
- Our little bird was the first to prepare for the trip.
- The trip of the birds always takes place in winter.
- The little bird spent the winter alone in a nest that he himself had built.
- The rest of the birds never saw the lazy bird again.
3. Theatrical performance
If your child has liked this short story, you can ask him to do a theatrical version of it with his siblings, with his friends or with his neighbors. You can give them a hand with the costumes!
The story of this little bird will show the little ones everything that they can lose if they acquire a very lazy attitude in their day to day life. If we want our children not to become lazy in childhood and replicate this behavior in their adulthood, parents must encourage them to learn to overcome challenges and face motivating challenges.
Parents we care about educating our children in values so that they are better people. We do it through example and, of course, through stories. But it is also important that we mention to them what the counter-values are, that is, everything that prevents us from developing harmoniously.
The story of 'The lazy bird ' It is an example of this, but it is not the only counter-value that can be harbored in our personality and in our heart. Here we bring you more stories based on the antithesis of traditional values, such as selfishness or lies.
- The gluttonous bird
If you want to talk to children about selfishness, the story of this little bird who did not want to share his food with anyone, it can come in handy! And, surely, after discovering what happened to him, he will think twice before engaging in selfish behavior.
- Mr. Rabbit's no choice
We are all born with emotions in our DNA, but these are showing little by little. From the age of three, for example, jealousy and envy arise. Working with the little ones is a task that parents have. To help you in a graphic way, we present you the story of this cute rabbit.
- Peter and the wolf
Lies do not bring anything good. And if not that they tell the protagonist of 'Pedro y el lobo' who saw how making fun of people and lying to them can turn against him. Good thing he at least learned his lesson and never did it again, for everyone's sake and his own!
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