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Books that Teach

February is Black History month. This is a very important part of our nation’s history. Many important people in history are sidelined for being a minority, but their contributions to this nation and society should never be ignored. Black History month is supposed to be a way to give light to those that have been hidden in our history.

 

In today’s world especially we want our sons and our daughter’s to know that ANYONE is capable of making an impact on this world. That we are all equal in our abilities to make a difference. For decades psychologists have said how important it is to show our young girls strong female role models, but it is just as important to show our sons strong female role models. It is also important to break down barriers and show them that there is no difference between a man, a woman, and someone who may come from a different culture, or background.

So this month let’s highlight a book that will do just that. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History highlights many women of color that have made an impact on the world today. These women have been sidelined in history, but they will not be in the here and now.  

 

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History highlights 40 women and the amazing thing they have accomplished. From women like Abolitionist Sojourner Truth who fought barriers and helped the fight to free slaves, to women like politician Shirley Chisholm who broke down barriers in politics serving her community in a very strong and life-changing way. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History also highlights women in everyday life and how they have accomplished amazing things and shattered people’s expectations.

 

This book is meant for children ages 8-11, but it carries an impact that could be felt by readers of all ages. Be sure to check it out, it is a book that should be read by everyone.

Chinese New Year: Fire Breathing Dragon Craft

Chinese New Year is coming. February 16th is the Chinese New year, the year of the Dog will be upon us! Every year families gather to celebrate Chinese New Year and celebrate health, wealth, and good fortune.

Every year in school my kids do something for chinese new year. But they enjoy it so much I try to have a craft waiting for them when they get home as well. This year I found this fun dragon craft. It is such a simple craft, but it will bring them so much joy to see it waiting for them when they get home.

We all love to celebrate together, we even prepare chinese food for dinner and eat fortune and almond cookies for dessert. This year they can enjoy playing with their dragons after dinner. Thank you to Homeschool Giveaways for the craft tutorial. Homeschool Giveaways offers many more ideas for creating and learning at home. Be sure to check them out!

What kind of occasions do you celebrate with your family that isn’t exactly traditions of your own culture or religion? We think it is important to learn about different cultures and religions in our family so we try to do little activities, crafts, or even find books about other cultures and read about them together.  

Sensory Bin Activity: Rainbow Rice

Now that school is back in session my big kids are all gone for the day, which leaves me open to do more one-on-one activities with my youngest little guy. I try to keep him entertained and learning at least part of the day. I do have other things to do each day so I am not hovering over him engaging him in activities 24/7. However, I do try to do something interactive with him at least once a day. At two years old he loves to do things that are hands-on, messy, and destructive. I know that all of that is good for his cognitive development, including imaginary play and problem-solving. So I let him get wild and really learn hands-on several times a week.

This month I thought it would be fun to try something really hands-on. Since it has been so cold outside we haven’t been able to explore the outdoors as much as he likes. So instead I thought it would be fun to find a way for him to dig, and play as if he were outside. This sensory bin with colored rice will allow him to do just that.

This colored rice sensory bin is so easy to create and it allows for a lot of interactive play. I found this easy to follow tutorial on how to make colored rice here at Powerful Mothering. Thank you Powerful Mothering for such an easy tutorial. Be sure to check out Powerful Mothering for other great ideas for kids and parenting.