Children often insist that things are as they have imagined, and when they are not they throw a tantrum, and they see no alternatives. The story that did not want to write is the story of a girl who wanted to write a story but could not. What will happen in the end? Can he have his story? We tell you this story against the frustration of children.
The paper was blank. Savannah was supposed to write a story for her English class, but the pencil wouldn't let herself be grasped. He danced on the table next to the Color paints. The party was such that the color yellow gave a fit of laughter and ended up falling on the ground. The little girl had no choice but to join the dance. When a waltz sounded, Savannah managed to fool the pencil and was finally able to master it.
On the paper he wrote 'Once upon a time', but the letters disappeared Instantly. He then tried 'Once upon a time' and the result was the same. Savannah tried in many ways and for this she left no formula untested: 'In a very distant place', 'In the old kingdom' ... but nothing worked.
As she was not giving up, she decided to start the story at the end. And so, very carefully and very slowly, he wrote 'Colorín colorado, this story is over'. The words on the paper barely lasted a few minutes. These ended up exploding into colorful Fireworks.
Savannah wasn't getting her story written, but she had to admit that she was having a great time. The study table looked like the stage of a large show. So he decided to let go and join the party. She played with all the paintings, sang with the pencil, and made a dress for her doll out of the papers.
The next day, he entered the language class with your head held high. Although she did not have the story written like the rest of her classmates, she was not worried. I had learned that sometimes even if you try to do things well, they do not turn out as we had thought. The important thing was to have tried and looked for a alternative solution. Thus, when the teacher asked her for her story, Savannah explained the problems she had had in writing it. However, his story was in his head and he turned to oral tradition to narrate it out loud to your friends.
Find out if your child has understood the story with these simple reading comprehension activities. Reading comprehension is the door for your child to end up loving reading.
1. Reading comprehension questions for your child
These questions are intended to assess your child's level of understanding and attention. Do not ask the following questions as if it were an exam, but as if it were a game or a challenge that he has to solve.
- Why did Savannah have to write the story?
- Do you remember any of the principles the girl used to start her story? Did any of them work? What principle would you have chosen?
- What did Savannah finally do when she couldn't write the story?
- What happened when you came to class without the story?
- Do you know any stories that they have told you orally?
2. Questions to reflect on the story
Beyond the questions that deal with what the story tells, we can take the opportunity to propose some questions for your child to reflect on the situation. For this, the ideal is to dialogue with him in a calm way. Here are some questions that could help guide this conversation.
- What would you have done if your story didn't want to be written?
- Would you have been angry? Why do you think Savannah hasn't?
- What other things would you have done to be able to write the story?
- Do you think the girl has done well?
3. You can write a story
After reading this story, there is a complementary activity that you cannot miss: write your own story! Can you imagine what happens to you like Savannah and your pen doesn't want to write? If your child is too young, you can make up the story out loud. You will have a great time and it is a great activity to stimulate your little one's creativity.
If you liked this story about frustration to talk with your child about how he feels when he does not get what he wants, these other educational resources that we propose below will also be very useful. Some of them also speak specifically about frustration, but others serve to work on this and other basic emotions of children. Enjoy them!
And before finishing, from Guiainfantil we offer you some tips so that all parents can help our children to manage frustration. As pointed out in the research work 'Learning to tolerate frustration in the second cycle of Early Childhood Education' by Gemma Viaplana for the International University of La Rioja (Spain), feeling frustrated on certain occasions is inevitable, it also happens to us adults.
This is why it is so important that we teach children to manage and understand frustration. Thanks to this, we get the little ones to be more balanced and have more tools for their adult life, which will influence their present and future well-being and self-esteem.
These are some of the keys to follow:
- Set an example
We can never forget that parents are references and role models for our children. They notice us (even when we are not aware that they are observing us) and draw conclusions about what is desirable behavior and what is not.
- Signal emotion when it occurs
Let's take advantage of when a character appears feeling frustrated in a movie or a children's story to point out this emotion to our child. This way you can learn in a practical way and through examples what emotions are.
- Teach children what effort is
Effort, perseverance and hard work are some of the values that we must transmit to children so that they learn to handle frustration.
- Propose rules and limits
Although saying 'no' is complicated, parents must do it, since they provide very important learning for children: we cannot always get everything we want. However, it is not about saying no to everything (in addition to that we must always try to say it in a positive way), but that we can give children alternatives. Agree on rules with our children, which are in accordance with their age and are respectful, is essential.
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