Celebrating Black History Month with Your Child
Since the 1970s, the month of February has been devoted to recognizing the heritage, accomplishments, and culture of African Americans.
With Valentines Day cookie-baking, card-making, and fun on the way, take time this February to educate your little learner on the richness of African American culture and the obstacles many have faced and overcome.
How can you teach your child about the important contributions African Americans have made – and continue to make – to our society? Take a peek at our few tips and tricks below:
1. Read Children’s Books by African American authors, About Notable African American Figures or Focused on African American Culture
Reading stories that highlight and educate your child about important African American figures, their life, and their accomplishments can be a great discussion starter. Don’t be afraid to read these books year-round to your little learner, as it will help them understand the joys and challenges that children of all colors experience.
Not sure what books to read to get started? Check out the Scholastic Parents list of 17 Must-Read Picture Books to Celebrate Black History Month – book descriptions and buying opportunities included!
2. Watch Movies That Educate Kiddos On African American Lives and Experiences
A fun and entertaining way to educate your kiddo about African American activists, inventors and more, is by watching movies!
Movies such as Hidden Figures (2016), Remember the Titans (2000) or Akeelah and the Bee (2006) are just a few options that can help your child understand the life, obstacles, and heroic impacts African Americans have had on our society.
Interested in finding more movies to watch? Check out Red Tricycle’s list of 10 Movies to Educate & Entertain Kids During Black History Month! Or, check out BrainPOP's Video Archive on African-American history for lots of quick-watch videos!
3. Test your Black History Month Knowledge with a Quiz!
4. Celebrate on Saturdays & Sundays throughout February with Port Discovery during Let it Shine: Black History Month Celebrations
Stop by the Let it Shine Reading Corner located inside The Oasis to read books celebrating African Americans and their history, accomplishments, and contributions to our society! Enjoy festive and interactive virtual theater performances from African American performer Diane Macklin: Storyteller as part of the Discovery Stage Series and more!
Celebrating Black voices, accomplishments and contributions throughout Black History Month will not only enrich your child’s life but help them develop compassion and empathy for others in a society that increasingly becoming more diverse day by day.