It’s Black History Month. And while some people seem to think it’s not necessary, I’ve written several posts (here, here and here) that confirm the very need for it even more so today. And as a mother of Afro-Caribbean (Ugandan/Rwandan-Haitian) children, I owe it more to them to make sure they understand and appreciate where they come from. As a homeschooler, I’m always looking for ways to enrich their learning and love of their history. So I wanted to take a moment to introduce a few black history month products and services you can enjoy with your little ones.
I first started following this movement on Instagram. The work that the founder, Eunique Jones Gibson has created to empower and excite young ones about their heritage is unparallel. From images to backpacks, to t-shirts, calendars, and posters: “Because of them, we can” has something for everyone. I can not wait to get my copy of the coffee table book. My kids get so encouraged to see young children who look like them, dressed up as iconic figures who have paved the way for us (past and present). You can grab their singature t-shirt here (and more) for the whole family.
Black History Month pop-up books ($4 on sale):
This is a new one I’ll be adding to our homeschool curriculum. We’re going to use this as an end-of-month project for the kids. But we’ll be referring to them throughout the year, especially as we await the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (opening in DC September 24, 2016).
These 24 pop-up WRITING activities are specialized to create great artifacts and memories for Black History! Fun, easy, and unique to your taste. Completely original, and designed in a way that your kids will be able to assemble the book and reflect on famous African-American’s in history and write about it when finished. Pictures will help students to write famous events and people who changed history.
So you’ve probably seen that subscription boxes are all the rage. And although I’ve seen some for kids, I haven’t gotten excited about them like I did when I heard about the Heritage Box. What is it you ask?
The Heritage Box was created to provide engaging ways to teach children their history and African geography. “We want our children to grow up proud of their culture, proud of who they are”.I absolutely LOVE the fact that not only can you subscribe based on age, but the boxes can also be sorted by gender. These subscription boxes are great for kids aged 5-12 years old. Click here for more info.
Black History Bingo ($2.95 for 60 cards):
I started doing this a couple of years ago not long after starting homeschool. I like this because it’s fun and easy for the kids to digest. They love to learn when it’s more hands-on, and you can never go wrong with Bingo.
Black History Month Bingo Game is an interactive and creative way to celebrate and discuss Black History Month. Bingo words include notable black Americans such as Martin Luther King, Frederick Douglass, Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman and Jackie Robinson. Bingo words include historical themes such as Emancipation Proclamation, Civil War, and Slavery.
Social Studies (K-1st grade; $7.50 for 87 pages):
This is another one I purchased and keep on hand for my little ones (as you can see, I’m a fan of “Teachers Paying Teachers”). I like the fact that the stories are easy to understand. I also like the fact that the “craftivities” include coloring, writing and cutting — all things my kids enjoy doing.
Black History Month for children in kindergarten and first grade explained with a non-fiction story. This unit also contains 17 unique templates for craftivities to help the children remember, practice writing and better comprehend the important achievements of these people.
Did you know that was a site for Time (for kids)? I love that these printables are divided by grade/age, and go from Kindergarten through sixth grade. These printables are easy to follow. And as a homeschool mom, they make for great history activities to add to their portfolios.
This site has a bunch of links and online quizzes you can go over with your child. Over 50 coloring pages for kids, take quizzes, find activities, and read articles about the historic struggle for civil rights.
Comment below and let me know: how do you get your kids involved and excited about black history month?