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Circle Unbroken Children’s Book and Gullah Traditions and Heritage

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Although I’ve been living in South Carolina for so many years it wasn’t until recently that I found out about the rich history of Gullah culture.   This region starts in the coastline of South Carolina all the way through Northern Florida and it is home to an estimated 300,000 Gullah people.  What is Gullah you may ask?   The Gullah are the descendants of enslaved Africans of various ethnic groups.

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Black History Month Children’s Books

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To celebrate Black History Month this year I’ve compiled a list of children’s book to read throughout this month. Some of these books we own, others we checked out at our local library.  Below you’ll read about the underground railroad, a march during the Civil Rights Movement, and a mule at Gee’s Bend, the biography of Sun Ra, a beautiful and touching story of a slave family, an empowering book for girls, and the story of a little girl, and her new shoes.
You may also want to read about about Black History: Biographies for Kids.
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Age Range: 5 – 8 years
A sweet story of a mule in Gee’s Bend, Alabama  who played a played a key role in the civil rights movement– and a young boy who sees history anew.
Age Range: 6 – 9 years

 

A simple act of not being able to try on shoes in a store during the segregation era inspires a young girl, and her friend to have their own shoe sale by washing, and restoring shoes; and welcoming everyone to try on all the shoes they wanted.
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Age Range: 3 – 7 years
A telling story of the journey through the underground railroad  told by Cassie, who soars into the sky with her brother Be Be. They meet a train full of people, and Be Be joins them. But the train departs before Cassie can climb aboard. With Harriet Tubman as her guide, Cassie retraces the steps escaping slaves took on the real Underground Railroad and is finally reunited with her brother at the story’s end.
Age Range: 4 – 8 years
The story of a family who silently crawls along the ground running barefoot through unlit woods, sleep beneath bushes, take shelter in a kind stranger’s home. They are heading for freedom by way of the Underground Railroad.
Age Range: 6 – 9 years

This is the story of Jazz musician Sun Ra (1914–1993).  Sun Ra said that music is what holds us all together.

Age Range: 5 – 10 years

A young girl taken away from her Africa home describes the pain of being kidnapped, made to march while chained, and taken to America to be sold at an auction, she undergoes the brutalities of slavery.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
A simple yet powerful book on the march taken place on August 28, 1963.  Beginning with the march at the Washington Monument and ended with a rally at the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, advocating racial harmony.

An empowering book on strong, and courageous Black women today.

For more post on my blog on Black History Month make sure you read African-American Poetry for Kids, an African Exhibit, and Folktale, a review on Rosa Parks, and The Color of Us; and lastly a Black History Month in Spanish.
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African-American Poetry for Kids

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We’re celebrating Black History Month with a compilation of African-American poetry for kids. Reading the beautiful poems from poets from the past, and the present allows my child to have a deeper, and more profound appreciation of his African-American culture, and heritage. 

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Poetry Books 

I came across this picture book as I strolled through the corridors of the library. What caught my attention was the stunning and beautiful artwork of Harriet Tubman on the cover. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a poetry and art children’s book. With 20 poems each paired with 20 works of art by African American poets, and artists.   Poems and poets from the nineteenth and twentieth century come alive with the beautiful painting illustrations. 
Amongst the poems that I read to my 6 yr. old was “My People” by Langston Hughes a short beautiful poem (that was made into a children’s book see my review below). The painting illustration that accompanied the poem  allows for ample discussion, and although this book is geared for children ages 4-8, I can see it appropriate for older children. 

My People (Coretta Scott King Award – Illustrator Winner Title(s))

This photography book by Langston Hughes is an expression of pride, joy, and love of the people in his life. Although  this book has a few words per page, the sepia pictures that are of children, women, and men speaks volume of the message that the poet Langston Hughes wants to convey.  This book is also wonderful for beginning readers.  

 Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat (A Poetry Speaks Experience)

I love this poetry children’s book by Nikki Giovanni for the simple, yet beautiful poems from past and contemporary poets.  The CD included offers the children an opportunity to listen to the poems, and follow along the words in the book.  The poems are recited by the artists, and range from short (easier to read for little ones) to more complex, longer one (for older children).   Kids now a day listen to Hip Hop on the radio, and this book help young children appreciate that Hip Hop is spoken words with music, thus a form of poetry.  

Simple Kids Activity  

After little one, and I read the poetry books we discussed African-American history. We discussed how important poetry was to convey words into rhyme, and prose.  As an activity I encouraged him to write a poem. 
I chuckle when I listen to my 6 yr. old’s poem. It’s a reflection of his passion for animals, and reptiles. I will encourage him to write poetry, and who knows maybe one day he’ll be an acclaimed poet! 🙂 

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An African Exhibit, Folktale, and Music

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During the last day of Black History Month little one and I had the opportunity to visit and see one of the largest collection of African Art exhibition in South Carolina located at the I.P. Stanback Museum. 
Africa Revisited: The Art of Power and Identity is a beautiful exhibition with artifacts and art work from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Zaire, and Zambia.   The exhibition includes works in wood, bronze and Ashanti gold, from masks and figures to musical instruments and objects of adornment. You can read more about the exhibit here
We were both quite fascinated with the masks, and had the opportunity to try them on.  I’m planning on making a mask craft with little one, but that will be another post. 🙂 

During our visit that day the Ujimaa Dancers & Drummers of South Carolina State University were performing on the lawn located in front of museum.   The group performed African music, and dance with drums combined with poetry, and story telling.

One of the tales that was shared with the audience was the tale of the of the zebras and the pond. African folktales are very common, and are passed on from generation to generation. You can read about another African tale that we read during our Kwaanza winter holiday camp here.  If you want to read more about how we celebrated Black History Month click here.

This was such a wonderful learning cultural experience for little one. 🙂

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Learning About Black History Month in Spanish

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As a parent it is my responsibility to teach my son about his Black, and Latin heritage. I remember my first post on embracing your roots and culture, and it’s directed to him so he can learn to appreciate the beauty and richness of both his cultures.  Although he’s still too young to understand  that particular post or even his grandmother’s interview I feel that I’ve already sowed the seeds of heritage in his little mind. Seeds that one day will fully bloom with knowledge and full awareness of his cultural background.
With that being said, I’ve had the opportunity to review a wonderful Black History Month packet completely in Español! Can we say double score!  I was thrilled, and excited to use it with my little man.
However, the grade levels are for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and homeschoolers. My baby is just in kindergarten! But, keep reading so I can show you how I used this packet for my 5 yr. old. 🙂
This packet includes the following for the 10 historic figures: Ruby Bridges, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Jesse Owens, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Booker T. Washington.

-Bulletin Board Display:

  • framed clip art images
  • framed name plates with birth/death dates
  • framed photographs
  • biography plates

-Timeline Option

  • Timeline cards for each decade

-Worksheet

  • Matching worksheet

-3-in-a-row Bingo Game

  •  24 bingo cards with 10 bingo calling cards

-Open-ended Writing Sheet

-Writing Journal

I went ahead and printed the whole packet! I printed some in cardstock, and glued a piece of magnet in the back: framed clip art images, framed name plates with birth/death dates, framed photographs, and the biography plates. I also printed some on regular paper, and glued them on to a foam. (See pic below)
Since little one and I have read children’s book on Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks we started our lesson with those two historical Black figures.
I used two cookie sheets that I purchased at the dollar store. First we talked about both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks in English then I read to him the biography plates in Spanish. As I read it he’d place them on the cookie sheet. We talked about King’s legacy, what he did, and the reasons why people were mad at him. I printed some cliparts of two people arguing, and of others marching.
For example, I’d asked him in Spanish: ¿Quién es Martin Luther King, Jr.? and ¿Cuál fue su famoso discurso? He would respond in English, and with my help he’d repeat the answers in Spanish. He’s learning some pretty big words in Spanish such as: derechos civiles, pacíficamente, derecho al voto, discurso, etc. These are not your typical Spanish vocabulary for a 5 yr. old. but I’m thrilled that he’s making an effort to learn them.

Once we finished we’d put it up on our refrigerator. That way we’d have a daily visual of these famous and historical Black figures, and it’s also a great conversation starter in Spanish.

This is not the best picture but note how he put King’s picture upside down? Strangely enough he didn’t put Rosa Park’s picture upside down. When I asked him why? He said, “He’s dead because someone hurt him. But now he was with God, and that God watches over all of us.”
With Rosa Parks we had fun! I asked in Spanish, ¿Quién es Rosa Parks?, ¿Qué sucedió en el autobús?, ¿Porque la arrestaron? He made such an effort to respond in Spanish that I was high-fiving him! He was thrilled!!

He placed all of the Rosa Parks cards, and clip art on the side of refrigerator. Me made sure to put the small picture of Rosa Parks in between the jail house, and the officer.
What I love about this packet that it has introduced my son to Black History Month in Spanish! Each week we will be discussing two historic figures. By the end of the 5 weeks he will have learned in Spanish a short biography on each one of them. Once completed, we will be able to sit down and play the bingo game included in the packet!
For the remaining 8 historic figures I’ve been very creative! We’ve added houses, railroad tracks, and a map of Harriet Tubman’s route to freedom. For Jesse Owens we have gold medals, and the Olympics symbol. For Jackie Robinson we have a baseball field, and a baseball. The possibilities are endless! All you need is a little bit of creativity, and this wonderful packet to make learning about Black History Month in Español divertido!
This packet will come in handy in years to come. I will be using this as a learning tool as he gets older. It will be useful for when he’s able to write, and develop critical thinking skills to write on the open-ended writing sheet or the writing journal provided in the packet.
A special thank you to Julie from Open Wide The World for this amazing packet!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this packet for the purpose of reviewing it. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. All opinions are my own.
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Book Review: Rosa and A Kid’s Guide to African American History {Black History Month Blog Hop}

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Black History Month is an annual observance here in the United States, Canada; and celebrated also in the United Kingdom during the month of October.  
Join me and six other bloggers from the Multicultural Kids Blog together as we celebrate Black History Month. During this month long celebration we will be remembering the contributions of African Americans who played an important role during the Civil Rights movement.  Please be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom, and visit the other participating bloggers. 
Also, during this month I will have a special series called “Remembering Our Black Ancestors.”  This series will cover book reviews, and a special interview with my son’s grandparents both whom grew up in the segregation era.  Growing Up Black During the Segregated Era {Interview With My Son’s Grandparents} is part I of my special series interviewing my son’s grandmother.

Today’s post will be a review on the children’s book Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, and A Kid’s Guide to African American History: More than 70 Activities (A Kid’s Guide series).
When I went to the library looking for books about Rosa Parks the librarian recommended this book for our son. She said that it depicted the story of Rosa Parks in a way that appealed to children. In a way that they could understand what happened the day that Rosa Parks stepped into the bus.  
I couldn’t agree with her more.  My child is 5 yrs. old so the simple story line was good enough to explain the importance of such a historical event on how one woman made a difference. It depicts a Rosa Parks tired of the oppression, tired of the “colored” signs, tired of putting White folks first, and tired of giving in. For the first time when asked to stand up and give the seat to a White person she refused, and was arrested.  The book doesn’t go into details about her role in the NAACP but it does offer a glimpse of the strikes that followed.  The illustrations are beautiful. 

 


A Kid’s Guide to African American History is a great informational book with plenty of activities: crafts, songs, games, and recipes. The guide offers an introduction to African American history, historical events, and the people that shaped the course of history.  The synopsis in each chapter is simple, and easy to follow perfect for our 5 yr. old.  I really enjoyed the timeline, and the suggested reading list for children found at the end of the book.  
Reflecting on the books that I read to our sweet little boy, also biracial whom will be looked upon as a Black boy; and the thought provoking interview with his African American grandparents (post coming soon),  my wish is to instill in him a sense of pride of where he comes from. To know his heritage, and his ancestors past is to know where he comes from, and what he stands for so he can be proud of who he is. 
However, he’s still at a very tender age that I don’t want to share the ugliness, and harsh reality of slavery, oppression, racism and prejudice.  As he gets older, we will discuss these issues with age appropriate books; and meaningful conversations. 🙂 
Now to the blog hop!  Multicultural Kid Blogs is sponsoring a blog hop in honor of Black History Month. Please visit the participating blogs below to learn a bit more about the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement worldwide. Join the discussion in our Google+ community, and follow our Black History board on Pinterest! You can also share your own posts about Black History below.
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    Book Review: The Color of Us

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    Black History Month is celebrated from February 1 through February 28th. Before we say goodbye to this month I wanted to share a beautiful book that I bought for little one. The Color of Us by Karen Katz. It is a wonderful book for children to explore multiculturalism and diversity. 

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    The book is about a 7 yr. old girl who is learning to mix colors, and wants the right color of brown to make a painting of herself. However, her Mom tells her that there are different shades of brown, and off they go to explore the neighborhood. They talk about  the different hues, and shades of skin color of the people they come across with.  

    The description of skin colors that the author uses are beautiful!   Ranging from honey, to ginger to coconuts and coffee toffee. Thus, helping us appreciate the beauty in each color within each race and culture such as Asians, Indians, Latinos and Blacks.
    After reading the book to little one we made some crafts! 🙂  I traced his hand on construction paper, and cut out the hands for him to color. He colored each hand with his new Multicultural Crayons. (Note: I had to order the crayons on-line because they don’t sell them in stores).

    He had fun coloring the hands as we described the colors, and matched the colored hands to the characters in the book.  He was even looking for crayon shades that matched our skin color as well.  He said that we (he and I) are honey, and that Daddy was a caramel color. 🙂   This book is a keeper, and I especially love it because of how it brings out the beauty of everyone’s skin color. You just can’t help but feel special about your own skin color! 

    How do you teach your children about multiculturalism and diversity? Would love to hear from you! Please comment, like, share or pin.