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How do you feel when you are frustrated because something is not going your way? Do you feel like a small fire that ignites in your stomach? Or is it rather a terrible heat in the face? It is inevitable to feel that way on some occasions, and that is how we have to transmit it to our children. Therefore, we must teach them to manage this emotion. This short poem by Marisa Alonso talks about the frustration of a girl that he cannot fasten his shoes and that makes him angry and a bit desperate. It's titled 'I don't know how to tie my shoelaces.'
Below you can read this poem about childhood frustration. It is a poetry of 4 stanzas. Each of them also has 4 verses. Being a short poem you can read it as many times as you want. You can even memorize it to recite it without reading! It is quite a challenge, like the one faced by the protagonist in the following verses. Will he be able to tie his shoelaces?
I don't know how to tie my shoelaces
the loop does not come out
I take off my sneakers
I kick the ground
I take one, I take the other,
It has come undone again!
I don't know how to tie my shoelaces
Someday I will learn?
Do not despair Ana
my brother told me one day
You have to be pacient
I didn't know before either.
And any other morning
when he least expected it
Eureka, Eureka! screamed
I finally made the loop
Reading poetry with children is a great activity to introduce them to this wonderful literary genre. However, we can also take advantage of reading these verses to work on some concepts that children have learned or skills that they have acquired in school.
Here we propose some entertaining exercises. All these activities are designed for children of different ages and grades, therefore, you may have to adapt them to your child's knowledge. Go for it!
1. True or false? Reading comprehension exercise for children
Surely you remember when you were at school and you also did reading comprehension exercises in which you had to distinguish which sentences were true and which were a lie. To make this activity more fun, you can propose it to children as a game.
Here we present you the game of truth! Will your son be able to become the best detective and discover when we are lying?
- The leading girl in this poem is called Lucia.
- He did know how to tie his shoelaces, but it didn't work out.
- The girl believed that she would never learn to fasten her shoes.
- In the end she succeeded and was very happy.
We continue with our proposals for activities to do from the poem!
2. We talk and reflect on poetry
We use this poetry to talk about the story it tells and in this way get closer to our children, make them reflect and practice oral expression to express opinions. To help you lead this conversation, here are some questions you can ask them.
- How did the girl feel when she couldn't tie her shoelaces?
- Do you ever remember feeling this way?
- What would you have done in their situation?
- Should I have asked an adult for help?
- What does it mean to be patient?
3. Turn the poem into a dictation
Dictations are one of the most complete exercises for children, so teachers recommend doing one every day, even if it is a short exercise. What if you dictate this poetry to your child? The vocabulary he uses is simple, although you will have to help him write words like 'Eureka'. Take the opportunity to discover that this expression is used when we make a discovery thanks to the mathematician Archimedes.
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4. Search for the following words
And finally, we suggest an exercise related to spelling and grammar. You have to look for the following words in the poem:
- A monosyllable
- A determinant
- A preposition
- An imperfect future verb, indicative mood
- A noun
- A plain word
- A hiatus
The girl in poetry doesn't know how to tie her shoelaces. If this is also the case for your child, here are some games that could be very useful for him to do so.
- The lacing game
Some time ago the video of a 5-year-old boy who with great skill tied his shoe laces very quickly and without any effort went viral on social networks. The trick? The lacing game!
- Lace template to make a bow
Learning to fasten your shoes is a matter of practice. With this simple craft to do (for which you only need a cord, scissors, a marker and a cardboard) your child will be able to tie and untie the ties as many times as he wants.
- Eva rubber shoes
And as a variant of the previous one, we also propose this other craft with which children, in addition to tying the laces, will practice which shoe goes on the right foot and which on the left.
- Tale of the sneaker race
This is a story that, as detailed in its title, talks about sneakers. But, in addition, it transmits to children such important values as generosity or friendship.
And for children to understand well what the emotion of frustration is and what we can do to handle it correctly, here are other educational resources that could be very useful. Are otherspoems and stories that talk about frustration, but also about anger or anger, which are emotions closely related to frustration.
As we have done with the poetry 'I don't know how to tie the shoelaces', with the following stories and poems you can also do different language or reading comprehension activities. Enjoy them a lot!
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