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Over the last year, it seems like we (my husband and I) have been explaining a lot about what’s on TV, and different events in history! We have started celebrating Juneteenth and trying to explain why it’s important to our family. My husband and I have been educating ourselves in more of our history, watching lots of documentaries and reading, and having lots of discussions. The kids are watching us! And along with watching us, that means asking LOTS of questions!
As much as we wish life was equal for everyone, that is not the case and it has never been the case! So we have been trying to educate them on social justice because, in reality, it’s not guaranteed they will learn it in school.
What we have learned is when we sit and have random conversations this is when they absorb the information, rather than sitting them down and teaching them like a school atmosphere!
Social Justice Resources for Families
Looking to Start a Social Justice Conversation with your Children…
I recommend watching:
Coming Together: Standing up to Racism Town Hall (Part 1)
Coming Together: Standing up to Racism Town Hall (Part 2)
Coming Together: Standing up to Racism Town Hall (Part 3)
Also on YouTube and Netflix is the Netflix Bookmarks Series…
Black celebrities and artists reading children’s books by Black authors to spark meaningful conversations about empathy, equality, justice, self-love, and anti-racism. This is a series I introduced to Emma and DJ for some of our daily reading after school. They liked it so much they would ask for me to turn it on in the afternoon!
Adding Crayola Colors of the World is also a way to help children notice that people come in all colors and the acknowledgment of color is a good thing and not a bad thing! The object is to notice my skin color, but not to treat someone differently because we are different!
We have the Crayola Colors of the World Markers, but I believe all families and classrooms should have either crayons, markers, or colored pencils!
And my last recommendation would be to diversify your bookshelf! Here are a few books (www.amazon.com/shop/carissargodbott) we have in our home library that spark great conversation with my children!
For us, learning about social justice has been very interesting, and seeing it through the innocence of children’s eyes makes me want to dig more into the subject.
I believe using a variety of items to teach your children about social justice will make it a great learning experience for everyone! During this, Darrick and I both learned so much and have had lots of great conversations with our children and with each other!
What social justice resources do you use for your family?