Fun and Simple Snack Ideas

Kids are the snackiest snackers around! Here are a couple fun ideas.

A Kid Focused Resource to Learn about Racism

I am looking forward to watching this video from Nickelodeon hosted by Alicia Keys. It is for kids 6+ so I would recommend previewing if possible so you can see if there is anything you want to talk about with your child ahead of time, or anything you want to make sure to process with them at the end. I would recommend watching with your child and having an open ended discussion afterward. Many kids may need to watch the video in shorter chunks, and many will need time to think about what they learned before they talk about it.

Happy learning!

Sidewalk Chalk Paint Recipe

Here is an easy chalk paint recipe from Amy Latta Creations. Bring the supplies outside to mix up on a cool morning. Kids can measure with guidance, mix,and then paint!

Some kids will enjoy this activity as an art project and just free paint. Other kids might enjoy painting roads to drive cars on, habitats for toy animals to live in, a pirate map or an exercise path/ obstacle course! Some might even want to paint letters, words or math problems! Another fun idea is to visit a family members house and paint a special message for them to enjoy!

 

 

Juneteenth History and Ideas for Parents and Teachers

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Juneteenth is celebrated in many states on June 19th each year. The first Juneteenth was on June 19th, 1865. Juneteenth is primarily celebrated in African American communities and commemorates the oldest known celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation which signified the beginning of the process of slavery becoming illegal in the United States which culminated with the 13th amendment to the United States Constitution. The fight for full freedom and equality continues to this day. Here is a video for kids from PBS that gives an overview of the history of Juneteenth. This video lacks nuance but is a good place to start.

A lot of us, myself included, do not know a lot about the history of the enslavement of Africans. I would recommend this article from Teaching Tolerance to get a general overview. I would recommend reading Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi for a more thorough education. I am in the middle of listening to it on the library’s Hoopla app and it is compelling!

Juneteenth is now a day to celebrate African American culture and heritage as well as acknowledge and reflect on the history of slavery, racism, and the resilience of African Americans in the past and today. Here is a video from PBS of a Juneteenth celebration in Colorado.

Here is a great article from Indy’s Child with ideas for families or teachers to get started learning about and celebrating Juneteenth. There are easy activity ideas, suggested children’s books and links to virtual Juneteenth celebrations. I love their ideas for making a Juneteenth flag, enjoying music, and having red foods as simple ways to celebrate!

Here is the official Juneteenth website as well.

Some things to consider when talking to your child about slavery and racism. A lot of this information I learned from The Conscious Kid.

  • DO- Use the terms “enslaved Africans” and “en-slavers”.
  • DON’T- Use the terms “slaves”, “slave owners”, “slave masters”, or vague terms like “people who were slaves”, or “people who had slaves”.
  • DO- Tell kids that many enslaved Africans freed themselves by escaping and running away from their enslavers. They became “self-emancipated” or “self-liberated”.  Enslaved Africans also found ways to resist enslavement like breaking tools or pretending to be sick. Make sure to emphasize the humanity and bravery of enslaved Africans.
  • DON’T- Tell your children untrue facts like “Abe Lincoln freed all the slaves”, or “everyone celebrated the end of slavery.” Avoid making a happy ending or making enslavement and enslavers sound better than they were.  It is hard to tell kids painful and ugly truths but perpetuating myths is very harmful.
  • DO- Brush up on your own knowledge of history so you can be accurate with your children and say you don’t know when you don’t know. This is a slow process of learning and unlearning. Start where you are and feel good about moving forward.
  • DON’T- Avoid talking about the subjects of slavery and racism with your children because it is hard, or because they are too young. You don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to share all the gruesome details. You can be factual and empowering!

I hope everyone has a great Juneteenth!

 

Send a High Five!

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Here is a super fun idea for sending someone a high five in the mail from The Homesteady. Her version involves a painted hand print but you could also have your child trace their hand on paper and color it. You can order stamps and other supplies online at the US Postal Service website. If your child would like to mail a high five to someone in our class and you don’t have their address, just email me and I can forward them your email so they can share their address if they wish.

Talking to Your Kids about Race and Racism

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Those of us lucky enough to have kids in our lives have a constant source of inspiration. Kids are naturally curious, question asking, loving, open-hearted, emotional, and deeply concerned with what is fair and what is just.

It can be really hard to look these lovely tiny humans in the eyes and talk to them about race and racism. We don’t want them to know how the world may treat them if they have black or brown skin. If they are white, we don’t want them to know the atrocities that are part of the legacy of white supremacy. We don’t want them to know about our own issues, bias, and limitations.

I cannot overemphasize how important to do your own work and grow as an individual if you are a parent or teacher guiding children in how to be a human and how to be anti racist. So if you are reading, listening, feeling your feelings, donating, following/joining organizations, writing, protesting, or thinking, you are doing the work! Each person’s work will look different. Do what feels right and keep trying!

Here is a video for parents about talking about racism with their kids. This also is helpful for my fellow teachers to watch. To follow up, I would recommend following The Conscious Kid, Ibram Kendi, and Diverse Reads. I would also recommend reading the chapter on how racism in NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. The rest of the book is also fascinating!

I would also recommend watching this video from The Tutu Teacher that she made for her kinders defining racism, how kids can help, and reading a kid friendly story, Let’s Talk about Race by Julius Lester.  Watch it with your child and see what they think!

Wishing you well as always!