Our students had so much fun learning about black history this month! Engaging in black history teaches our students that it’s possible to surpass barriers even when the odds are against you. We hope our students take this lesson into their hearts and their futures.
In our infant classroom, February’s theme revolved around the book, Dream Big Little One, an empowering book featuring 18 trailblazing black women in black history! To engage with the book, our infants portrayed notable men and women in Black History with props and dress up including George Washington Carver, Misty Copeland, and Maya Angelou.
For the Toddler 1 classroom, students explored pioneering African American women who impacted hair care and children’s literature. Toddler 1 engaged in dramatic play to learn about Madame C.J Walker. They were also able to create their very own colorful cardboard quilts after reading Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold, a story quilt in which a young girl flies above her Harlem apartment-building rooftop in 1939.
Toddler 2 spent February learning the accomplishments of African Americans across time periods, including Mariya Russell whose restaurant won the best restaurant award! These accomplishments are important because they show what all can be achieved when you push forward and do your very best!
Our Preschool classroom celebrated Black History Month with the same book as our infants, Dream Big Little One. Activities based on the book required a deeper understanding from our preschool students and increasingly complex fine motor skills. Students also learned about famous black inventors, including Gary Morgan, inventor of the traffic light and Lewis Howard Lattimore, inventor of the light bulb.
Finally, our Kindergarten students celebrated Black History Month by reading Atlanta, My Home, a book where a young girl learns that her memories of Atlanta can stay with her wherever she goes. Our Kindergarteners also created art inspired by Alma Thomas, the first student to graduate with a fine arts degree from Howard University.
We’re so glad we can pass on such important and inspiring history to our students!
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