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"Only when it is dark enough can you see the stars" - MLK

Every day is a great day to teach our children, the future of mankind, about race. If you don't, then Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday should serve as a reminder that talking to our kids about different races and racism is one of the most important things we can do for the future of our country and its people.
Living in a country that is so rich in multiple cultures, its vital that we offer our kids an opportunity to see the reality of the world, experience the different cultures, and celebrate the beauty in our differences. 
Not everyone is well versed on how to make topics "interesting" for kids, and that is okay. There are so many experts out there sharing information, amazing books about the story of Dr. King, learning activities for every age, and amazingly inspiring quotes by MLK. 
On this day, set some time aside to read together and commemorate those that stood up and continue to stand for human rights. 
Here are a few Book Recommendations for All Ages:
Reading and learning together encourages conversations with your kids that you may not normally have. It stimulates the mind and taps into your imagination and creative side. 
After reading, take some time to reinforce some of the topics you have discussed by doing educational activities that further exercise the brain as well as fine motor skills, and charitable activities that teach kindness, generosity, and sense of community and belonging.
Activities for the whole family:
 
Make a banner that can be displayed in your home.
  • Use 4 sheets of paper, any type of paper will do
  • Label each page with one of the following:
    • "I Have a Dream"
    • "I Can be Kind By"
    • " I Can Make a Difference By"
    • "MLK Taught Me That"
  • Have your child write 5-10 sentences below each topic. If your child doesn't write, have them tell you and you can write it down for them
  • Use a hole puncher to punch a hole in the corner of each paper
  • Use yarn or ribbon to thread the pages together by using the holes in the corners of the sheet
  • Hang and display proudly

Here is an example by playdoughplato

 

Other Activist Ideas:

  1. Chalk your Sidewalks with Words of Love and Protest
  2. Write a letter to the President about what you would like the President to understand about Racism and what to do about it
  3. Find Black-Owned Businesses in your community to support

 

"The time is always right to do what is right." - MLK

 

Let today be a reminder of conversations that should be a part of our daily lives. One day at a time, one word at a time, one person at a time, one action at a time will compound and make the difference of a lifetime.

 

xo, Sheila

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