February Parent Zone

Parent Zone February 2010

History in the Making

We celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. day in January and Black History Month during February. This time has been set aside to learn about and remember the many African Americans who have contributed so much to our society through history. Black History Month is a time for everyone to learn about cooperation, culture, and change.

Here are some easy ways you can help even the youngest child understand the basic concepts of this special month:

• Explain that anyone who works to make a difference in the world is making history.

• Visit the library and learn about famous Black History makers of yesterday.

• Talk about President Obama being the first African-American president of the United States.

• Learn about what inventions and discoveries were introduced by famous African Americans. From peanut butter invented by George Washington Carver to mailboxes patented by Philip B. Downing, many items we use everyday have some history behind them.

• Make traditional foods from various African nations.

• Get out the art supplies and make crafts to celebrate peace and unity.

• Let your children tell you about their dreams for the future.

Other Links to Explore

African-American World for Kids

The Top Ten African-American Inventors

Black History Month Guide for Kids

Craft Ideas for Black History Month

President Barack Obama

Books

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

Barack by Jonah Winter

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose

Finding Lincoln by Ann Malaspina

Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter

Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport

Moses by Carole Boston

The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles

Craft

Funky Junk

Clean out the junk drawers and the workshop at home and recycle your junk into awesome art! All you need
is your imagination.

And if your brain needs a jump start check out this book: Funky Junk by Renee Schwarz

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