We have all been frustrated at times when, as much as we have tried something, we have not succeeded. That is what happens to Leo, the protagonist of this short story, who tries to ride his bike but constantly falls. With this story we can talk to children about what frustration is and why it is normal to feel this emotion in some moments.
We have accompanied this children's story with some creative activities and others of reading comprehension. In addition, we give you other educational resources so that your children learn to manage frustration and anger.
When I read he fell off his bike for the sixth time he got up very angry.
- I won't try again! - He yelled at his mother who was looking out the window, and went to put the bike in the garage.
- Why don't you let me help you? Shall we put the wheels? You've barely tried!
But Leo flatly refused. He was not a little boyhe said, crossing his arms over his chest.
His mother looked at him without saying anything; he preferred it to be calmer to talk to the child.
The next day, when Leo came home from school, he took the opportunity to talk to him.
- Do you know how many times I tried to make these croquettes that you like so much? - He said while cooking and turning the dough into shape.
Leo came over and, after washing his hands, began to help his mother make them, while listening to her.
- At first they came out bland and misshapen; my mother taught me to do them. With how well they turn out for you! - He said, seeing that his son molded them with great ease.- People have skills for different things, but if you throw in the towel so soon and don't let them help you, you will never achieve it.
- If you want to learn to ride a bicycle you will have to try again - she said looking at him askance.-Nobody knows how to do it when he is born.
When they finished coating the croquettes, they went out to the garage and between the two of them took the bicycle out into the garden.
- Ride! - her mother said.
Leo got on the bike and started pedaling, but instantly staggered and his mother had to catch him so he wouldn't fall to the ground.
"Come on! I'll hold you by the saddle," said his mother.
When Leo started pedaling he felt more confident; this time he stayed a few meters straight.
- Again, Leo! You are doing it very well! - Her mother said smiling.
Leo got back on his bike, now with a little more confidence.
His mother held the saddle, as before, until Leo took stability, then he released it without the child knowing, remaining by his side.
- Good Leo!You almost have it! her mother yelled.
And the little one kept pedaling, over and over again.
When Leo saw his father enter through the garden gate, he lost his balance and lay to one side, but this time he knew how to lean on his foot and did not fall to the ground.
- Champion! I've seen you from the outside.You already know how to ride a bike! - His father yelled happily.
This time it was Leo who got on without anyone telling him anything and started pedaling.
- Look, look! - He shouted to his parents, excited.
And after spending a little while riding a bicycle, Leo and his parents went in for some delicious croquettes for dinner.
Here are some exercises that will help you assess the level of reading comprehension of your son or daughter. The following activities are designed for children of different ages, so you will have to adapt them to the level and knowledge of your little one. Let's go there!
- Reading comprehension questions
We start by asking you some questions related to the story you have just read. If your son or daughter doubts any of the answers, you can re-read the text.
- Did Leo know at the beginning of the story to ride the bicycle by himself?
- Why didn't you want to use training wheels or small wheels?
- What did the mother tell Leo about the croquettes?
- How did Leo learn to ride a bicycle?
- Questions to Ponder About This Short Story
In addition to testing your son or daughter's reading skills, this story will help them understand what frustration is. To do this, we suggest you chat with him about the story you have read. The following questions could help guide this conversation.
- How do you think Leo felt when he couldn't ride a bike? Angry?
- What does it mean to feel frustrated?
- Do you remember a time when you felt like this?
- What do you think helped Leo stop feeling frustrated about not being able to ride a bike?
- Is it important that we help each other, the way Leo's mother helped him keep from falling off his bike?
- Illustrate the tale
Drawing a picture about the story that this story tells is also a way to test how much attention your son or daughter has paid to reading. And, if you have to draw a specific episode that occurs in the story, you must have read the story carefully.
- Make up a similar story
To continue working on the emotion of frustration, you can encourage your son or daughter to write a story (or express it orally, at least) in which the protagonist is also frustrated. This will help children better understand this emotion, but it will also give you clues as to what they mean by frustration.
And then we propose other educational resources that will be useful for children to learn to manage a moment of anger, anger or frustration. PS: Only if you have read the story will you understand why we have also included the croquettes recipes.
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