Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is rapidly approaching. So as we prepare for a day off from school or work it is important to reflect upon why we celebrate this holiday. Dr. King is most famous for his work as a Civil Rights Leader, and his “I Have a Dream” speech and “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” are some of the most revered speeches and writings in the English language. Dr. King was a spokesman for the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the organizers of the “March on Washington”, and the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
This year celebrate Dr. King’s legacy with your classroom or at home with your children!
For young children celebrate and explain Dr. King’s vision of peace with this colorful paper plate project.
Share a few of these books with your children to help them better understand the vision and legacy of Dr. King.
Memorialize Dr. Martin Luther King all month long by growing a “Kindness Tree” in your classroom, your child’s bedroom, playroom, or even the kitchen. Celebrate acts of kindness all month (or year) long with this tree.
Older kids can get in on the fun too. This 6-minute video is a great biography of Dr. King’s life and the legacy he left behind. Watch the video with your children and discuss what they felt was the most important part of Dr. King’s life.