The PTA is honoring Black History Month by sharing multimedia resources with you to start conversations about racial justice with your learners of all ages.
“Children learn about racial differences and racial bias from an early age and learn from their first teachers—their parents—how to deal with and react to these differences.” (American Academy of Pediatrics, healthychildren.org).
By addressing these issues openly and honestly with our children, it can be the first step to a more just world.
“As parents and caregivers, we must have confidence in ourselves and in our children — that we, and they, can handle tough topics and tough situations.” (PBS Parents)
- Join Sesame Street’s Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Gabrielle, and Tamir to learn what you can say and do when you see someone being treated unfairly because of the color of their skin or fur. Watch the video here.
- Listen to this MindShift podcast on teaching 1st graders the vocabulary, tools, and confidence to engage difficult subjects.
- Learn what racism feels like to a seven year-old– a blog post to read and discuss with your second-grader.
- This Nickelodeon website NickHelps.com introduces kids to allyship with an animated presentation from theconsciouskid.org
Explore the events schedule for the National Museum of African American History and Culture to find kid-friendly webcasts and their video archives of past events.
- Watch Dr King’s I Have A Dream speech, and talk about what it means to “sit down at the table of brotherhood.”
- More great resources are available from PBS and from the National PTA.