February is Black History Month and I would love to encourage all educators, parents and adults in general to incorporate these best practices into their daily lives throughout the year. My definition of educator is very broad. If you have a sphere of influence to speak into the lives of future generations, then you’re an educator as far as I’m concerned. I believe in intentional education and thus we should never limit an entire group’s history and contributions to 28 days.
Because I am a homeschooling parent, I will be speaking about education from this lens although I believe any type of educator can benefit from the information I have to share. If you are a homeschooling family looking to see how you can improve how you incorporate Black history throughout everyday learning, here are two tips I want to share with you:
First, be intentional in your read alouds, independent reading and book list choices. Make sure that you incorporate books that provide a well rounded perspective on history, literature, geography, language arts and even math.
Second, diversify your homeschool social media feed. Connect with, read works by and learn best practices from other homeschooling parents and educators of colors.
Sounds easy, right? Well, if you don’t have the tools and information to help you along the way, this can become a frustrating and daunting task. So, to help you, I’m sharing many of the resources I turn to help me center Blackness in my family’s homeschooling daily journey. For more tips on homeschooling and traveling with your kids, be sure to follow me on social media and check out my website at the end of this blog!
Folks to Follow
- Follow My Reflection Matters and incorporate their diverse resources to your educational plans.
- Check out this comprehensive homeschool guide by Karen, The Momtrotter, a wordschooling mom from California.
- Check out Negra Bohemian a self described: a free spirit redefining motherhood through a socially conscious, faith-led and wandering lifestyle.
- Check out Trippin’ Momma to be inspired by a single mother who’s recovered from domestic violence and is exploring the world on her own terms.
- Follow Dr. Kira Bank and her work on Raising Equity.
- Follow my friend Sarah’s adventures in her blog and be inspired to take adventurous trips with your kids to destinations like Dubai, Hong Kong and Kenya.
- Follow The Spring Break Family and be encouraged to take adventures with our kids even if they’re not homeschooled.
- Check out Our Kitchen Classroom and learn how to connect food with culture.
Get Your Family’s Reading On With These 12 Reads
- 100 Read Aloud Books for Black History and Beyond.
- Have your preconceived notions rocked by A blessed Heritage’s writings on faith and black history.
- Black History is American History.
- Race: The Power of Illusion.
- Read about why Martin Luther King JR. Day is not a day off and start planning your service project for next January.
- Why we shouldn’t forget that U.S. presidents owned slaves.
- 28 More Black Picture Books That Aren’t About Boycotts, Buses or Basketball (2018).
- 5 Reasons You Should Celebrate Black History Month.
- Beyond The Painful Chains Of Slavery: Phillis Wheatley, The First Published Female African-American Poet.
- 28 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month by the NAACP.
- Meet The Fearless Cook Who Secretly Fed — And Funded — The Civil Rights Movement.
- Continue learning throughout the year with various subscription options from the Because of Them we Can boxes.
Support Black Theater & the Arts
- Go watch Black Violin.
- Go see Alvin Ailey– American Dance Theater.
- Diversify your holiday traditions and enjoy the Hip Hop Nutcracker or the Urban Nutcracker.
Films & Podcasts to Enjoy
- Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement
- Black Made That
- Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black Historyon Netflix
- Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA shows his genius in Liquid Science on Netflix.
- Black and White: Racism in America.
10 Black History Sites to Incorporate in Your Travels
- National Museum of African American History and Culturein Washington, DC. (You can read more about my family’s trip to this history packed museum by clicking here.)
- The Tuskegee Airman National Historical Museum in Detroit, Michigan.
- The National Underground Freedom Centerin Cincinnati, Ohio. (Read more about my family’s road trip to the freedom center by clicking here. )
- Frederick Douglass National Historical Parkin Washington, DC.
- International Civil Rights Center and Museumin Greensboro, NC.
- Martin Luther King, JR Memorialin Washington, DC.
- Negro League Baseball Museumin Kansas City, MO.
- Museum of African American Historyin Boston, MA.
- North Star Underground Railroad Museumin Ausable Chasm, NY.
- Prudence Crandall School for Negro Girls in Canterbury, CT.
This blog was first featured on Have Kiddos Will Travel blog on February 6, 2019. Click here to read the full unedited version.
Ruth is a wife, homeschooling mami of 4 active and globe-trotting kiddos. She’s always loved a good adventure and truly believes that it’s possible to travel with kids. Join her, as she shares adventures and inspires you to get out of the house with your kiddos. Whether you’re planning a family vacation, a road trip or a trip of a lifetime, she’ll share insights, trip reports and information that will inspire you.