Friday, January 18, 2013

Sharing Dr. MLK Jr. with kids

Dr. King's actual birthday was earlier this week, but the official holiday will be celebrated on Monday. Whether you are American or not, religious or not, the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is an inspiring one that is worth telling your children. How God can use an ordinary person to bring about extraordinary changes. And if you are an American, your children deserve to know this part of their country's history, because it is part of their historical and spiritual inheritance, regardless of race, creed or religion.

Below are some short, child-friendly videos that I found.

This one is a short cartoon called "MLK - The King and His Dream" for kindergarten and younger elementary-age students:

This one is from National Geographic Kids and shows actual footage of Dr. King's life and times. I can't imbed it, because it is not on You Tube, but it is perfect for older elementary students.

Also this post from Living Montessori Now has tons of great ideas for celebrating the day with your kids.

And here you and your family can listen to Dr. King's "I have a Dream" speech.

I see his Dream in my own children and in the children that I teach  . . . 

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