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Resources for Talking With Children About Race

Port Discovery Children’s Museum joins our community in mourning the death of George Floyd. 

We are heartbroken by the grief, pain and trauma that all of our community and our country are experiencing in the wake of the recent death of George Floyd. Far too often, Black people and people of color experience racism, injustice and numerous socioeconomic, legal, and educational inequalities – and we stand with and behind our visitors, members, staff and community who are experiencing hurt and sadness as a result.   

Children's museums have a responsibility to the children and families in our communities, and to the team here who deliver exemplary experiences every day.  Children in our community see and feel what is happening. This is a time to see their pain, help them understand and cope with it, and help them learn. We are here for you, we are listening, and we are committed to help.  

Here are a few resources that we believe are useful for talking to children about racial injustice. If there are other resources that you find useful, or that you’d like to see, please share them with us. We will continue to bring these to you.  

Resources for Parents, Caregivers & Educators 

1.       Addressing Racial Injustice with Young Children: Find a video, tip sheet and article that discuss how parents and caregivers can spark conversations about racial injustice and child empowerment with young children. 

2.       Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Round-Up: Find a variety of resources to help parents and caregivers understand how to talk to their children about race. 

3.       Resources For Talking About Race, Racism, And Racialized Violence With Kids: Find interviews, advice, resources and articles compiled by the Center for Racial Justice in Education. 

4.     Talking About Race: Explore a variety of topics for parents, caregivers, teachers and educators, and people committed to equality from The National Museum of African American History & Culture. 

5. The Louisiana Children's Museum has developed a series called "In Dialogue", featuring videos and downloadable PDFs in partnership with the Tulane University EC Mental Health Department.

Activities for Families & Children 

5.     Find helpful children’s books to help you discuss race with your children on the following Instagram accounts: 

6.     Encourage Creative Expression: Encourage your little learners to express their feelings by providing prompts for drawing or journaling. Some prompt ideas from Port Discovery’s educators include: 

  • Journaling Prompt: Mental Health Check In: Ask your children how they are feeling, what they are afraid of, and how they are finding ways to cope with what’s going on. 
     
  • Drawing or Writing Prompt:  Sometimes it can be hard to make sense of everything going on in the world.  Sometimes it can be hard to untangle your own thoughts. Here’s where art comes in!  By writing or making art about what you’re feeling you can begin to unpack all of those thoughts and feelings.  You can make a piece specifically about something or just fill a page with scribbles.  It doesn’t even have to make sense!  Go with whatever comes out.  Just pick up a pencil or paintbrush and let them do the talking for you. 
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