February is always a busy month of telling great stories from Africa in celebration of Black History month. There are so many fabulous African stories to tell and I always look forward to sharing my favourites with students all over southern Ontario.
This week, I visited seven different schools and as always, came home with many lovely stories to share with my husband after a day of storytelling. Here are some of the highlights of my week.
After presenting an assembly in Pickering, a group of children were crowded around me asking questions and telling me which story they liked best, when I felt my hand being taken by someone small. I looked over and saw a junior kindergarten boy positioning my hand to receive his “low five” slap of appreciation. He didn’t say a word, but just smiled at me and continued walking in line with his kindergarten class back to their room.
In another school, I met two grade seven boys as they set up chairs for the teachers prior to the assembly. I told them that if they wanted to be in one of the stories, that I’d choose them up if they volunteered. One of them took me up on my offer and played the role of the lazy farmer in the story called Talk. He had the whole school roaring with laughter and afterwards, one of the teachers told me that he was a shy student and was so pleased that he had had the chance to shine!
Yesterday, I told a little girl who wanted to play the elephant, that she had to sit properly when volunteering to participate. She sat down so eagerly that it was clear she really wanted a turn. I invited her up and she preformed her role beautifully. Afterwards, her teacher told me she was autistic and normally didn’t participate in assemblies.
Next week, there will be more stories to tell and more children to touch my heart. I’ll keep you informed.