All kids, no matter their age or ethnicity, can learn and celebrate black history. Although February is the nationally designated month to celebrate the rich history of black americans, the learning of black history can take place 365 days a year.
I have recently become more intentional about including significant moments and people of black american history into our homeschool lessons. I’ve shared some of our activities on Instagram:
#tbt On this day last year I shared “Simple Ways to Teach Kids about Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black History.” I encouraged readers to, “Be honest about the topic. When discussing the Civil Rights Movement and other moments in history, it will not always be a story of roses, so share the history and try your best to include the entire truth. Use age appropriate language and vocabulary when discussing the topic. This is an extension of the point above. You know what your child is ready to hear about, so use discretion. My preschoolers certainly were not ready to hear about the violence that occurred during the Civil Rights Movement, but sharing with them the inequalities that people faced during that time and before was effective. Make learning history exciting! Create activities to help your child remember the facts you are sharing. Help them visualize what happened during that time of history.” . . . Read the entire blog post by searching “Martin” on the blog! Mommywifelife.com
I am loving all the black history resources I have found this year to enlighten my children about their culture and history. Everyday this month I have introduced an influential African-American during our learning time with fun books like this one and kid-friendly videos on YouTube. I will admit, I am learning right with them. How are you sharing black history with your children? #blackhistorymonth
You can find more ideas on how to share black history and the stories of key black figures with your children by reading an article I wrote for Educents, called What Kids Need to Learn About Black History Month.