I’ve become passionate about mentoring kids. Youth mentoring and speaking is one of the driving forces in my life. I often find myself either discussing poetry or philosophy in some way or form at these events. Performing poetry for kids and children at a Montessori school was an insightful and unique experience. When such young children are looking at you and waiting for your voice- you get overwhelmed with a sense of responsibility. You essentially becoming a children’s mentor. My method of mentoring children was through a spoken word poem I performed called Choices.
My goal was to teach children that they all have choices. Choices to smile, choices is to be happy, choices to do homework and choices to express themselves and be who they are. At first the poem was geared towards young adults but I chose to adjust the words so that it’s more fitting for poems for elementary students. Watching them recite the course to the poem as I was reading it and get excited was a unique experience for me. It made me realize the tenderness of their age. Mentoring kids and mentoring children will become my focus for the next few years as I grow my art and create content for all ages.
I think it’s imperative to teach our children about the choices that they have and will always have. I know when I was younger I used to take my choices for granted. As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to appreciate the power of each choice I make.
Mentoring children through my art of poetry allowed them to feel free in expressing their art even a tender age of two or three years old. It was beautiful to watch. I even encouraged some parents to create simple poems for kids so that they can recite them to their children. Easy poems for kids that they can follow and learn about cadence, attitude, and energy. Poems for young children will allow them to observe the human voice and the art of writing at the same time.
You don’t have to rhyme words to be a poet. You don’t have to be a certain age to be a poet. You just have to be able to express a little bit of your thoughts and emotions. Teaching our children at a young age the art of poetry will allow them to always embrace a creative side as they get older.
Speaker and Poet: Kabir Singh