This weekend, school students around the country get an extra long weekend. It is hoped that we will reflect on the great American, Martin Luther King Jr. We learned about his contribution to society by talking about what he did to make things fair for people.
Fair is a word kindergarten children can relate to. They are not really interested in words like equality, civil rights, civil disobedience and the like. But fair, now that’s something important. We have even learned that sometimes things that are fair are not always equal. Some students get more of the teachers attention and time. Sometimes, younger siblings get their parents attention more than older kids.
What they quickly connected with was that children should not be kept away from other kids because of the color of their skin. That includes going to the same school, playing on the same playground, getting a fair turn to be the leader, join the same scout troop, and eat or drink together in the cafeteria.
When the idea was presented to the children, the idea that there was a time when these things didn’t happen, well frankly, they were bewildered. They looked at me like I had grown a second head.
While it is always important to teach our history, sometimes, the proof of our progress as a civilization, is in the bewildered expression on a five year old’s face.
We are a Peace Builder school, so we combined this program with our learning about Martin Luther King and created this class book. I have been using the free Picasa3 movie making tools of late, for presenting image files. Those files are uploaded to YouTube and then over to SafeShare.tv. Both versions below are best viewed full screen.
and the YouTube version.
This makes post number 27 in my personal #30in30 challenge with 10 days left in the month. This goal has been a challenge for me but once again, I have learned so very much about myself and my teaching.