The following post is from Kacey of Next Level Mama:
February marks Black History Month–an annual celebration of the accomplishments, contributions and triumphs of African Americans here in the United States.
While there’s no way to capture the entirety of black history in 28 days, this month serves as a conscious reminder to teach our children about the culture of African-Americans, as well as other groups of people that may or may not look like ourselves.
As my oldest son approaches the age of five, I imagine it won’t be too much longer before either he notices he looks different from most of his classmates or one of them points it out to him.
As a mom, I don’t want any of my children growing up ashamed of who they are. I want them to love the way they look and also appreciate the rich heritage from which they come. Part of that means making sure they know the good and bad of who we are and what we’ve endured. It also means having open dialogues about race, prejudices and discrimination. Tough conversations for sure but we can’t let the uncomfortableness deter us if we want to raise kids with a sincere appreciation for others.
I encourage you to take time this month to start those conversations with your children and teach them what you know about black history. To get you started, here are two Black History Month matching activities you can use either as games or learning lessons. You can also follow my Celebrating Black History Series at Well-Rounded Home this month.
Click the links below to download or print these printables:
I’d love to hear your ideas for teaching children about other cultures. If the topic of race has already come up, were you surprised by what your children already knew or didn’t know?
|Kacey loves her kids to pieces and the many ways they’re refining her into a better person. She’s on a mission to inspire and encourage moms to take it to the next level. This die-hard Texas girl rarely meets a dessert she can refuse. You can find her at her blog, Next Level Mama, or tweeting away at @nextlevelmama.|