With the beginning of a new year, a host of new opportunities to make a list of good intentions present themselves to us. Teach children to make their own list of commitments for the new year by telling them the story of 'The New Year's fairy', a beautiful Christmas tale by the American writer Emilie Poulsson with which children will understand that purposes are more easily.
Juan and Matías were two brothers of 7 and 8 years old. But they were very different. Juan was kind and very studious. Matías had a more rebellious character. One day in December, while they were playing, a fairy appeared to them. The fairy told them:
- I've come to bring you a New Year's gift! Here are some books.
Each brother took one of the books, but it turns out they were blank. There was nothing written! Juan, who was very grateful, was very happy and thanked the fairy. But Matías grunted. He got so angry that he threw the book into a mud puddle. And when he got home, he used it to balance a table leg that was a little limp.
A whole year passed, and again the fairy appeared. This time, he asked them to show him the little books he had given them the year before. The book of John was like new. Matías's, all dirty. Then he told them to take a look at the pages of the books. Matías's notebook was full of smudges. Nothing was understood. However, his brother's were filled with beautiful gold lettering.
- Matías- said the fairy- All those blots are from the moments when you didn't behave well with others. When you argued with your brother, when you hit your friend, when you disobeyed your mother ... Your brother, however, has been kind, and that is why his book is written in letters of gold. Juan, the gold letters are for every time you gave your mother a kiss, or when you left your toys to your sister. That day you helped your classmate in class or that day you helped an old man cross.
Juan wanted to keep his book. It was so pretty! But the fairy said it couldn't be, because those books they had to go to Father Time's library, who noted each year which children had been good and which had misbehaved.
In return, the fairy offered them two new books, both with blank pages. Matías had learned his lesson, and he promised the fairy that his book would be full of golden letters the following year. Juan assured that he would try to improve more. The fairy said goodbye to them with a happy new year!
Telling stories to children will bring you closer to them, so do not miss the opportunity to sit with him for a little bit each day (bedtime can be a fantastic moment) and connect through the stories they form. the letters.
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