Con la lectura de cuentos cortos en inglés lograrás que los pequeños adquieran vocabulario y poco a poco mejoren su comprensión y manejo del idioma.
Aprender un segundo idioma es muy importante hoy en día, además los especialistas aseguran que facilita el desarrollo de otras habilidades como la resolución de problemas, pensamiento crítico y escucha, mejora la memoria y la concentración en los niños.
En esta oportunidad compartimos algunos cuentos en inglés para leer con ellos. Los chicos son verdaderas esponjitas y mientras primero comiences con estas actividades verás qué fácil es para ellos hablar inglés.
Aprovecha siempre para que te comenten sobre las historias que leen, saber qué piensan, qué les parecen y qué aprendieron. También es genial que dibujen sus partes favoritas. ¿Qué te parece?
Es importante leer el texto en inglés y traducir lo que significa si no entienden bien, identificar palabras, comprender el texto y, si es necesario, repetirlo todas las veces que lo pidan ¡La práctica constante es la clave del éxito!
The Lion and the Mouse
A Lion lay asleep in the forest, his great head resting on his paws. A timid little mouse came upon him unexpectedly, and in her fright and haste to get away, ran across the lion’s nose. Roused from his nap, the lion laid his huge paw angrily on the tiny creature to kill her.
– Spare me! Please let me go and someday I will surely repay you- begged the poor mouse.
The lion was much amused to think that a mouse could ever help him. But he was generous and finally let the Mouse go.
Some days later, while stalking his prey in the forest, the lion was caught in the toils of a hunter’s net. Unable to free himself, he filled the forest with his angry roaring. The mouse knew the voice and quickly found the lion struggling in the net. Running to one of the great ropes that bound him, she gnawed it until it parted, and soon the lion was free.
-You laughed when I said I would repay you. Now you see that even a mouse can help a lion- said the mouse.
The Ugly Duckling
Once upon a time down on an old farm, lived a duck family, and Mother Duck had been sitting on a clutch of new eggs. One nice morning, the eggs hatched and out popped six chirpy ducklings.
But one egg was bigger than the rest, and it didn´t hatch. Before she had time to think about it, the last egg hatched.
A strange looking duckling with gray feathers that should have been yellow gazed at a worried mother. The ducklings grew quickly, but Mother Duck had a secret worry.
– «I can´t understand how this ugly duckling can be one of mine!» she said to herself
Well, the gray duckling certainly wasn´t pretty. As the days went by, the poor ugly duckling became more and more unhappy because his brothers didn´t want to play with him.
He felt sad and lonely. He secretly wept at night. He felt nobody wanted him.
-«Nobody loves me, they all tease me! Why am I different from my brothers?»
Then one day, at sunrise, he ran away from the farmyard. He stopped at a pond and began to question all the other birds.
-«Do you know of any ducklings with grey feathers like mine?»
But everyone shook their heads in scorn.
– «We don´t know anyone as ugly as you.»
The ugly duckling did not lose heart, however, and kept on making inquiries.
He fled as far away as he could, and at dawn, he found himself in a thick bed of reeds.
-«If nobody wants me, I´ll hid here forever.»
There was plenty a food, and the duckling began to feel a little happier, though he was lonely.
One day at sunrise, he saw on a pond a group of beautiful birds. White, with long slender necks, yellow beaks and large wings.
– «If only I could look like them, just for a day!» said the duckling, admiringly.
Finally he got the courage to fly to the pond, where the beautiful birds were swimming. That was when the duckling saw himself mirrored in the water.
– «Goodness! How I´ve changed! I hardly recognize myself!»
When the beautiful birds saw him, they realized he was one of their kind, and soon made friends.
-«We´re swans like you!» they said, warmly.
-«Where have you been hiding?»
-«It´s a long story,» replied the young swan, still astounded.
Now, he swam majestically with his fellow swans.
One day, he heard children on the river bank exclaim: «Look at that young swan! He´s the finest of them all!» And he almost burst with happiness.
The Three Little Pigs
In a small village not far away, lived Mother Pig with her three little piglets. Everyone was very happy until one day Mother Pig told them, “Children, you have grown, it is time to live on your own.”
Before they left, she said to them, “In life nothing comes easy. Therefore, you must learn to work to achieve your dreams.”
Mother Pig kissed her piglets and they left to go off and live on their own.
The youngest pig was lazy and did not pay attention to his mother´s words. He decided to build a straw house, so he could finish early and lie down to rest.
The middle brother was as lazy as the youngest, so he built a little wooden house. The house was crooked because he did not want to read the instructions to build it properly.
The older sister was a hard worker. This is because she used to be lazy and learned from her mistakes. She decided to follow Mother Pig words and build a brick house. Building a brick house would take a long time, but this did not matter to her.
One night, the big bad wolf was walking through the woods when he came upon the youngest pig’s straw house. He looked through the windows and saw the little pig sleeping peacefully. The wolf was hungry and thought that the little pig would make a very delicious sandwich, so he knocked on the door and shouted, “Little pig, little pig, let me in!”
The little piglet woke up scared and answered, “No! No! No! Not by the hairs on my chinny chin chin!”
The big bad wolf was furious and said, “Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house down!”
The wolf huffed and puffed and blew with all his strength until the straw house fell to the ground. Fortunately, the little pig escaped, running to the wooden house of his brother while the big, bad wolf was still blowing.
The mean wolf, feeling cheated, went to the house of the middle pig and when he knocked on his door he shouted, “Little pig, little pig let me in!”
The little pig answered, “No! No! No! Not by the hairs on my chinny chin chin!”
The hungry wolf became enraged and bellowed, “Then I’ll huff, and I I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house down!”
The wolf huffed and puffed and blew with all his strength until the little wooden house fell to the ground. Fortunately, the two little pigs escaped, running to the house of their sister while the big, bad wolf was still blowing. Out of breath from running so fast, the two brothers told their sister about the wolf and how he blew down their houses.
“Dear brothers, it’s cold and you’ve had a very bad time, so let’s enjoy the night by the fireplace,” said Sister Pig. Just at that moment the three little pigs heard a knock on the door.
“Little pig, little pig let me in!” shouted the big bad wolf.
The pigs answered, “No, no, no! We will never let you in.”
The hungry wolf was furious and once again shouted “Them I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house down.”
Once again, the wolf huffed and puffed and blew with all his might, but the little brick house did not fall. Enraged, as he was very hungry, the wolf decided to climb onto the roof to go down through the chimney to get to the little pigs. However, when he slid down the chimney, the wolf burned his tail on the fire below.
“Ouch!” cried the wolf, and he ran out into the woods never to be seen again.
A few days later, Mother Pig went to visit her little pigs and discovered that all three had built brick houses. All the pigs had learned a very important lesson:
“In life, nothing comes easy. Therefore, we must work hard to achieve our dreams.”
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