These are some of the resources that we use to learn about Black History Month – but we use them 24/7/365!
The idea of this “starter kit” for teaching Black History at home was originally a meme joke I had in my head. However, these resources are what we really use, and they are very helpful. My goal with Little Boo is to teach him that Black History didn’t start when vile men stole people from Africa, enslaved them, and brought them to America to work and live in harsh conditions without any protection, compensation, education, or a way to pass down their traditions and history. In fact, we haven’t even talked about the enslavement of African people before. His first knowledge of Blackness will be that of GREATNESS. The knowledge, innovation, and discovery that started in Africa – that’s what he will know first.
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Black History Month Homeschool Resources
Urban Intellectuals Black History Flashcards
There is a lot of Black History covered in a few sets of Urban Intellectuals Black History flashcards! These cards share “untold stories, achievements, and unknown people that have given shape, color, and definition to the world.” There are UI card sets dedicated to pre-1492 stories, STEM/STEAM, Black women, and Afro-Latino/Caribbean people. These Black History flashcards are super popular, so they sell out often. Get yours now!
“My African Icons” Book
While this book is for older kids, I read it like a story book to Little Boo. As I said before, Black history starts before the devastating parts, which are typically told first, followed by civil rights. This book shows the greatness of African people in the Golden era – scientists, builders, empresses and emperors – whose stories aren’t normally told. It is my goal that through laying a foundation of Black greatness, Little Boo will see the greatness within himself, too.
Books by Black Authors with Black Characters
Representation matters. I’ve found that a lot of the books with Black characters from decades before were not written by Black people. We are so fortunate to live in an era where Black authors have written so many books from our perspectives that our children can truly relate too. When Christine Platt writes that the character Andrew does a little dance and says “aye!”, I feel that in my soul because it is something that I do, too! Books before this era either only colored non-Black characters in with Brown skin tones, or researched to tell about Blackness. These books share true Blackness.
How are you educating your Tiny Green Earthlings about Black History Month and Black History, year-round? Tell us in the comments below!
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