It is often said to 'hide something from a black man, you have to put it in a book'. It is a way of saying that black people do not read or rather are not used to reading books. It was impossible for our parents to pass on to us the taste for reading because they themselves had not received this heritage, apart from a few who had studied in colonial schools. It is important to remember that after decolonization, around the 60s and 70s, a large majority of Africans were illiterate or, let's say, did not speak Western languages. Also, unlike African Americans who have assimilated the habits (ways of being) of Euro-Americans, such as owning a library at home, many Africans are still reluctant to read. Because it is often considered a "white thing». A waste of time.
You don't have to like reading books. On the other hand, if you are a parent, it is certain that you want the best for your children. You want them to succeed in school and develop personally. So if you want to put the odds on your side to help them, you will not be able to save reading.
Reading and imagination
« The school learns to read, but does not teach the taste for reading. However, we know the importance of reading in the intellectual, cognitive and emotional development of children, especially after 6 years, where sexual curiosity gives way to general curiosity. Reading provides answers, but even more, stimulates the desire, to understand, cultivates memory and imagination, those which give the power to dream and especially to develop new solutions[…] It is essentially outside of school that the pleasure of reading is cultivated. However, communicating the taste for reading is not obvious. This is due to both transmission and transgression. We know the share of the parents' heritage: when the latter like to read or simply hold the book or the writers in good esteem, they promote the interest that their child may have for them. Because he will have acquired the habit and the pleasure of listening to stories, at bedtime for example, he will later want to browse his own books in turn »
What is imagination?
“It is in the imagination that the child will seek the elements of his fantasies and dreams. And this imagination is the imagination that enriches it: if we compare the imagination to an attic, the imagination would be the ladder that allows you to access or descend it. Without it, no life is possible.
«Storytelling is a school that trains the individual. Tales awaken the child's intelligence»
In the film The Magic of Belle Isle, Morgan Freeman, playing the role of a writer, Monty Wildhorn, says of the imagination that it is "The most powerful force ever made available to humanity".
Many children are born with incredible gifts and talents, and reading, because it stimulates the imagination and creativity, will be of great help to them to express their full potential; but also to dream.
This is why, in my opinion, Africans must read books to their children, and awaken in them the taste for reading.- Reading books every night to children -
Every evening, when I am available, I spend 10 to 15 minutes reading to my little sisters before they go to bed. If you have young children, Rollande Causse recalls this:
I read them tales, stories with characters with whom they can identify and recognize themselves. There are books that we buy and others that we borrow from the library. I try to read them books on topics and subjects that interest them.
A recent scientific study has proven the benefits of reading to children. Read} It's proven now, reading to children changes their brains. If you have children in low-ages, Rollande Causse reminds this:
« Today, albums for toddlers, "baby books", accompany from the first months these times of sweetness where the infant, pressed against the one who reads, is surprised, looks, touches, smells and babbles. The book object becomes for him a game, a toy among the others. But baby grows, walks and talks.He then tackles the planet with albums with colorful illustrations, stories, moments of shared joy. He discovers the language and picks up words and puns. Story and images provoke his imagination and enrich his imagination. His intelligence is structured. Thanks to the rituals of reading, these fascinating albums make him want to know how to decipher their mysterious signs, the desire to learn to read.»
The color of the eyes
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