Ten-year-old Martha had difficulties concentrating on the assignment given to her in school. Frustrated, she closed her book and walked up to me in my room.
“Sis?” Martha called out.
“Could you please tell me a story”?
“Are you done with your assignments”? I asked.
“No, I’m not but I’m tired”.
“Alright, you have to make a promise that once I finish with this story, you’ll complete your assignment”.
“I promise, I will”.
Martha stared intently at me as I shared the bible story of Moses, the children of Israel, and the Red Sea with her. She looked at me with so much enthusiasm waiting for what happened next in the story.
“And so the children of Israel met with the Red Sea while the Egyptians chased hotly behind them…” I said before a phone call came in from work, disrupting our conversation. I’m not a mind reader but, I’d bet Martha wanted to snatch the phone from me because she had become so curious to know what happened next in the story.
“Martha, I need to attend to this job very quickly. Can we continue the story later?” I asked after I dropped the call.
“But we are almost done”. Martha protested, already sullen as if I had done something wrong. To calm Martha down, I had to finish the story.
“Ok, Martha what did you learn from this story?” I asked as I concluded.
“I learned…” Martha began to list a hundred and one things she learned from the story. I had to stop her midway so I could get on my job.
After this, getting Martha to do her school assignment was not a problem and, she was able to concentrate better.
The power of storytelling cannot be exaggerated-imagine a world where stories don’t exist, where we see no essence, and our imagination is non-existent. Imagine a world without history and how confused we will be about what had happened before we came into existence.
Growing up, I listened to and read stories of the wise tortoise, gingerbread man, Alice in Wonderland, the hunchback of Norte- Dame, to name a few. These stories shaped my imagination, and lessons from a lot of them guided my decision-making process.
I remember telling myself when I was younger that I wanted to be like the tortoise. The tortoise came alive in my head and, it became so real that when I finally saw a live tortoise, I wanted to talk to it and listen to what it had to say. I was disappointed because the tortoise does not speak, unlike the way the books put it- My experience with the tortoise is why I advise children book authors to write stories that are real and relatable.
Explore books is my favourite part of this blog- I would say it’s the very essence. I have always envisaged a world where all children will have access to free ebooks when they come online instead of encountering harmful content, especially in a digitalized world as we live. A world where all children can see the world as beautiful through the eyes of their minds. A world where children are best-selling authors, poets, and storytellers.
Below are a few reasons why I have made Explore books an essential part of Explore parenting:
- Good stories sharpen children’s creativity. As time goes on, I’ll be organizing poetry classes for children together with other great poets and writers. We are going to explore creativity in our children and build them right from a very young age.
- Good books inform decision-making: Explore books are committed to teaching great life lessons that will form decision-making in children.
Check out the Explore books section.
- According to Maria Montessori, children should be told real-life stories and not fairytales. Find out more here. Explore Books will be telling real-life stories, and children would not be like me that thought the tortoise talks or the elephant is blue for a very long time.
So join me as we raise a glass to explore books.