Upon hearing how several schools in my area are not celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and how several other schools had planned on doing so but had class instead in order to make up snow days, I was appalled. It took many years for our local schools to begin recognizing this holiday; growing up, we never did in my school. Most of the recognition for this day has been through business sales, and that is just not acceptable.
Most of the homeschoolers I know are celebrating Dr. King’s life and achievements this week, and we are no exception. I hope that every parent will do the same, whether your school district does or doesn’t. Discussing this great man is one of the best ways we can teach about history, tolerance, acceptance, racism, freedom, and so many other things that remain relevant to our lives today.
My daughter is six, and I was able to share many resources about Dr. King with her today, and plan on doing so for the rest of the week. I would like to share those with you here; please feel free to add your own.
- A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. We have read this book twice already and my daughter continually has questions about racism, segregation, slavery, and Dr. King himself. We have looked up some of these, but mostly we have discussed equality and inequality and how we can work to make a more just world.
- Our Friend Martin. We watched the whole movie on YouTube and it was very relevant and interesting, about two boys who travel back into time to meet Dr. King. It also deals with what would happen if Dr. King had never been around to do the work he did, which absolutely horrified my daughter. She said she wanted to punch some of the oppressors, which led us to having another discussion about peaceful protest and King’s message.
- Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. We watched this short but informative message about King’s life.
- I Have a Dream: We listened to the speech this morning, and this afternoon we will be making our own “I have a dream” posters about what we would like the world to be like, and how we can make that happen.
- You can also do lots of crafts for the day, such as the ones here or here. You can also find coloring pages on the web.