Celebrating Black History With Our Little Ones

Celebrating Black History With Our Little Ones

- By Little + Free

We just concluded the shortest month of the year and the one that carries an important celebration: Black History Month. As parents, it's important to continue educating our little ones about Black History to foster a more inclusive environment for all, way beyond February. After all, we believe significant change starts inside our homes. 

We asked Morgan Victoria Thomas, an elementary school teacher focusing on young kids and first-graders, a few questions and tips on how to continue the Black History conversation with our little ones beyond February and classrooms: 

What books, movies, or reference materials that you used in the classroom resonated well with your students when talking about Black History?

Each month we feature books in our spotlight library in the center of the classroom. We made sure to include books that featured Black characters. Some favorites were, to name a few:

  • Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Redd
  • Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry 
  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
  • The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
  • Firebird by Misty Copeland 
  • Must Love books by Shauna Robinson

The students also loved watching episodes of Ada Twist on Netflix. Our school had an art project for each grade and class where they selected a hero and created a special frame for their hero's portrait. Our first-grade class chose American abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman. 

How can parents continue the conversation around the importance of Black History beyond February and at home? 

My advice would be to educate yourself first so that you're prepared to answer them. Also, and this is my biggest tip, is to not only focus on the struggles of Black history. It's SO important that children understand that Black History is to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of Black people. Black History is American History. So, beyond February, continue reading books, watching shows that display representation, and continue educating beyond the short month.

What other books and resources do you recommend to continue this conversation? Let us know in the comments! 

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