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What if instead of telling your little one the fable of Aesop's 'The Free Woman and the Turtle', you form a mother-son or father-son team and do it together? Perhaps it is a bit small to know all the letters, but with this version that we present to you, everything will be easier. Here you have the adventures and misadventures of these two animals in pictograms to talk to children about effort.
The short fable that we present below is highly recommended for children of all ages, because talks about values as important as effort and being very persistent in achieving our own goals and objectives.
Through these two animals, children can also learn concepts or traits of people such as humility, represented in the figure of the tortoise, or the vanity displayed by their friend the hare. Do you want us to start with the story and know what happens and how everything is triggered?
Once upon a time there was a very proud and vain hare who kept proclaiming that he was the fastest animal in the forest, and he spent the day making fun of the slowness of the tortoise. One day, the turtle came up with an idea: organize a race. The hare, very sure of itself, he accepted and all the animals gathered to watch the race. What a thrill!
The owl was responsible for marking the departure and arrival points. Everything was ready for the big sporting event! The hare ran off, and the tortoise stayed behind, coughing and engulfed in a cloud of dust. When he started walking, the hare was already out of sight on the road. Not caring what advantage the hare had over her, the tortoise kept up with her, nonstop.
The hare, meanwhile, trusting that the turtle would take time to reach itHe stopped in the middle of the road before a lush green tree. There she fell asleep for a long time, while the tortoise continued walking, step after step without stopping.
It is not known how long the hare fell asleep in this placid place, but when it woke upsaw that the turtle was only three steps from the goal. He ran with all his might, but it was too late: the tortoise had won the race!
All fables have a moral at the end, that is, a message to reflect on and teaching to pass on to children. Who do you think learned more about this race: the hare or the tortoise? The hare! Because he realized that you should not make fun of others and that you should not have too much confidence in yourself, because that can play very bad tricks on us.
If at home you are fond of setting aside a moment of the day to tell stories, recite poetry or discover new fables, surely the name of Aesop sounds very familiar to your children. Therefore, then we are going to propose a series of activities related to the text of 'The Hare and the Tortoise', with the world of fables and with this author from Ancient Greece.
- Of all the fables you know about Aesop, which is your favorite? (Hint: if you read a little further down, you will find a wide list).
- Choose two of your favorite animals and give them voice and movement. We want you to create your own fable! Tip: always remember to put a moral at the end, it is what defines and makes this literary resource unique and special!
- Animals are also protagonists or co-protagonists of many traditional tales. Shall we make a list? Clue: 'The three little pigs'.
- Effort and perseverance are the two values that are discussed in the previous text. Talk to mom and dad to see how you can incorporate them into your day to day.
We have to go back to Greece to learn more about the life of Aesop and about his work. Did you know that he wrote (or so they say) almost 400 fables? We highlight the best known!
- The fox and the grapes
Like our story in pictograms, this fable is great to talk with children about perseverance and that to achieve what we want we have to have strength and desire, because along the way we can find obstacles.
- The Wolf and the Crane
A wolf choked on a bone he was eating. When he saw a crane pass by, he asked for help and that is how the bird saved his life. But what happened? That the crane wanted to claim his favor, although perhaps it was better not to have proposed.
- The wolf in sheep's clothing
There is a popular saying that 'lies have very short legs', and it is that lying, in most cases, is not good. And if you don't believe it, read carefully the story of this wolf who, wanting to get food in an easy and deceptive way, ended up losing.
- The lion and the Mouse
Many times we children (and also the elderly) get carried away by appearances, but it should not be like that because we can get great surprises, as happens to the protagonists of this short fable.
The stories and poems in pictograms are highly recommended for children from three years old, since when they guess the word that is hidden behind a certain image or symbol they will have the feeling that they themselves are capable of reading. They may need a little help from Mom and Dad at first, but they will progress quickly.
If they are older, from 6-7 years old, they will have no problem or difficulty guessing the meaning of said pictogram and they will have more confidence when they face a story, fable or poetry with a lot of letters.
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