Someone asked Einstein what she could do to make her child more intelligent. His response: “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
The reading of fiction stimulates the imagination and develops creative thinking skills. For this reason it is terribly important that children are exposed to imaginative writing from a very young age. Not only does this make them smarter, it can also set them on a path of lifelong reading. The result: an adult with greater knowledge, understanding and sensitivity.
Most of the kids at Mooiuitsig are seldom read to. Wouldn’t it be great if members of the Betty’s Bay community could fill this gap? My idea is that, a couple of times a week, a group of volunteers, armed with story books suitable for different age groups, could hold reading circles in the hall at Mooiuitsig. The ideal time of day would be between 4 and 5.30 p.m. and it wouldn’t take up more than a half-hour of one’s time. The kids would have been playing outside and be in the right frame of mind for a bit of quiet time before supper and bed.
The only snag is that the readers would have to be able to communicate in Afrikaans. This counts me out, but I would be happy to be the organiser. The local library has lots of books that would be suitable.