In our site We are very sure that nursery rhyme is a very useful tool for children. It stimulates their creativity and fosters sensitivity, but it also transmits very important lessons to children. It is the case of this short poem, which speaks to children about the need to love and accept ourselves.
Its titled "The giant rosebush" and he talks about a rose bush that, although it is very large, has no flowers. His wish is to have some beautiful roses, as many around him make fun of him. Will you learn to love yourself by ignoring the taunts?
A rosebush grew a lot
but it had no flower,
and looked with envy
the roses around.
Every day it was higher
more grew every day,
they always looked empty.
Some criticized him:
'It is a gigantic rose bush,
in which thorns grow
and it does not give a single flower. '
One day touching the sky
sad he began to cry,
when he saw that of a yolk
And he was so happy
that jumped for joy,
and all the little angels
they went to see what happened.
It was the most beautiful flower
that they would have imagined,
that's why from the ground
in heaven they admired her.
If you liked the poem, then we propose some activities based on everything that counts. It's a great way to keep working on your important message while fostering a love of poetry in children. They will have a great time, and you with them!
1. Reading comprehension questions
Did your child pay enough attention while you were reading the poem to understand its message? Find out with these true or false questions. If you doubt an answer, you can reread the poem a little more slowly.
- The rose bush was very small, it barely rose from the ground.
- For some reason, it didn't have any flowers.
- He did not mind not having flowers, the rose bush was very happy.
- No flower ever came out.
2. Read the story of The ugly Duckling
If you want to continue working on self-esteem and the concept of oneself, you can read with your children the classic story of The ugly Duckling. Written by Hans Christian Andersen, it tells of a small duck different from the rest that later becomes the most beautiful swan in the pond. It transmits different relevant lessons to children: the need to respect others, even if they are different from us, and the importance of accepting ourselves with our strengths and weaknesses.
3. Plant a rose bush
There are city children who are far from nature who do not know how flowers grow. This poem starring a rosebush is a good excuse to give the little ones a minimum knowledge of cultivation. After reading it, you can propose to your children to plant a small rose bush or any other plant. You can do it in your garden, at your grandparents' house or in a pot. Try to explain that plants need soil to grow in, but also water and light.
4. Invent an alternate ending
Encourage your children's creativity and encourage them to come up with an alternate ending or to continue the poem with a couple more verses. Help him by asking these questions: What could happen to the rose bush that has flowers now? Will the angels approach the rosebush to see its roses? How will those who were criticizing the rosebush react?
And if you want to continue reading poetry, do not miss all the poems that we have been compiling in Guiainfantil.com
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