(Partnering with educators to teach our children)
Black History Month
February is Black History Month!
What do you know about Black History Month? There are many notable Americans that have contributed to our nation in amazing ways. I remember when I was in grade school Black History Month was not really taught effectively. We learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January during the month that the holiday is celebrated and that was the extent of it.
Today, there is a wealth of information about Black History Month available online and in local libraries. Educating our children about Black History Month gives them a look into the contributions that African Americans have made in our nation. We as parents can partner with teachers to educate our students about Black History and what it is all about. Our children can see how we are more alike than different as they read about the many stories about the impact that these notable Americans have made.
How to Engage the Topic
If you need suggestions about how to teach Black History Month to your child/children here are a few ideas from PBS:
"In an article for PBS, children’s book author Cheryl Willis Hudson offered these and other suggestions to help you connect your kids with Black history:
1. Buy a book by a Black author or illustrator and make it a part of your child’s permanent collection. Books offer a fun and easy way to introduce your children to new cultures and to help them explore the experiences of people from different backgrounds.
2. Look for books that are inclusive and reflect the diversity of our communities. Books help illustrate that diversity is a natural part of everyday life.
3. When and if children ask questions about race, don’t sweep differences under the rug. Give children simple, concrete explanations when they have questions. Select books that affirm a valued place for all children. Try to find books that will help prepare children for the complex world in which they live.
4. Make sure your selections include contemporary stories. Celebrate Black culture and experiences, in addition to history, through picture books, chapter books, and poetry.
5. Seek the suggestions and guidance from knowledgeable cultural experts, booksellers and librarians. Coretta Scott King Award-winning titles are always a good place to start for excellence in text and illustrations."