|February is Black History Month|
This month we read a few books that led to some really thought provoking discussion between Nan and I. (These are books she read in addition to her science, art, history, ect. books. I just want to clarify for anyone trying to find fault with my homeschooling! Haters gonna hate. :) )
We re-read this book at least once a year since Nan was in 1st grade. It is a series of very short biographies of influential African Americans. (It has an excellent glossary that is great practice for her to use.) In addition, it brings up where people were born, grew up, educated, worked, and died. When she was younger, Nan would work on her US puzzle pointing out locations while I read aloud to her. This was the first year, she "saw" the geography as being "North" or "South" and was able to really "get" why people moved around like they did. Like I said, we had lots of good conversations.
|The inside of the Journals from the Past book.|
I am guilty of sticking so much to the topics we are studying in CC that I sometimes forget to cover other things. For me, literature is the time to bring everything together or, like in this case, to be intentional about a topic, I don't know how else to fit into our curriculum.
So if you homeschool, how do you work into your curriculum topics like Black History month, holidays, or the seasons? If your kids are in public/private school, how do you bring these things up with your kiddos?
Race is such a complicated subject in our country, is it not? I know in our rural community, we have to be intentional about culture and race because we are so homogeneous...okay, I can say it plainer than that, we are soooo white. Our viewpoint was forever changed when Sweet Girl joined our family for 6 months. Although we thought we were, we were not prepared to be a multi-racial family. (Seriously, there are more insensitive and rude people in the world than I could have imagined.) One book that challenged me to be intentional about the way I talked (or didn't talk!) about it with my kids is Nuture Shock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. I am due to reread it...want to join me? I would love to be able to discuss it!