Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, friends!! We had so much fun doing our mini unit today and we are so excited to share it with all of you!
MLK Jr. Day is such a good opportunity to talk with your child about diversity. As a mom, I always like to try and have talks with my kids about situations that could arise in the future, so that they know how to handle those situations when they do pop up. Sissy is only 4, and to be honest, she doesn’t notice differences as far as skin color goes. She just doesn’t see it! But she has noticed other differences, like wheelchairs or scars. I did not spend today focusing solely on skin color, but instead focused on many differences and on Dr. Kings dream of every person being judged by the content of their character. I also found some really great worksheets to go along with today on teacherspayteachers.com. They’re freebies!
We were able to talk about what “character” was, as well as what makes up good character & what makes up bad character. When I asked her what she thought good character was, Sissy said that someone who is of good character “has Jesus in their hearts.” So sweet!!
Then, we did a fun activity that Sissy had been looking forward to all day! We took two very different eggs, a brown and speckled one from our very own hens, and one white one from the store, and talked about their differences on the outside. Then we cracked them, to see how even though they looked different, they were the same on the inside!
Just a note to anyone else who does this activity, you may want to buy two store bought eggs…because our yolks didn’t look quite the same! She still got the concept though, and I realized just how much healthier our farm fresh eggs were than the cheap grocery store ones! (Ours is the orange-y one and fresh laid this morning!)
After our egg activity, we read “The Crayon Box That Talked,” & colored hands. While painting, we had a little chat about how it takes all different kinds of people to make up our beautiful world, just like it took all the crayons to make the pretty picture. We also agreed it would be pretty boring if we were all the same and how if we wanted to make the world a better, kinder place, it starts with us!
After we were all done, she said she was going to be such a nice person and help so many people, that one day she would have her very own day too! I think today was definitely a success!
If you didn’t get a chance to spend MLK Day doing activities like this with your kiddos, remember that any day is a great day to talk to them about diversity and not judging others by their looks, different abilities, clothes, or skin color. We can all make this world a better place by teaching our children tolerance and kindness!
Thanks for stopping by!!