Inspire your Children to Love Poetry & African Proverbs. I mean Poetry in which they see themselves. At first. Once they are immersed with our history & culture through the words, they can venture on to reading other people poets & writers.
The school is going baptise the children with white writers & poets. That’s a given. So, black poets, writers, & storytellers must be presented to the children before they wade in the water with (white writers, poets, & storytellers).
We have a rich history & culture. So why should we not see it as important as any civilized people on the earth?
Make sure the children go beneath the words, analyze the words, reflect on the words.
Surface reading is shallow. Speed reading is shallow also–if the child can’t elaborate on the reading.
Poetry & African Proverbs are minature stories. They are fast reads. But in that fast read, they are hit with metaphors, writer’s point of views, figurative language, context clues, all kind of devices that writers & storytellers use to write & tell stories.
We want our children to be locked step for step with the writers & storytellers.