Martin Luther King, Jr. day is one of those days that I think can get glossed over with children. We were always out of school for the day, and I don’t remember a slew of activities related to the holiday. I remember being excited to not have to go to school. Now, I know we learned about the famous speeches and marches that he headed, but I don’t really remember it being fun. I’m also really BIG on celebrating holidays so you had to know that this wasn’t going to get glossed over in our house. I started to think though about how to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with kids and it led me to creating this Pinterest board.
In our house, we won’t be doing a lot of activities this year. We’re a bit young for it. That doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate. We are HUGE fans of Brad Meltzer in this house. If you haven’t read anything by him I recommend you change that right now. It was after reading his Beecher White series that I realized he does a collection of children’s books, and I started buying them for every young member of our family. I think it’s important to study history, and I think it’s important to start early. We have to know the past to avoid pitfalls in the future. We also have to know our past to understand where we came from as a person and as a society. This meant that I couldn’t celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day without picking up I Am Martin Luther King, Jr., and I Am Rosa Parks! I cannot wait to read these to Sweet Baby J!
How do you celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? How do you celebrate history?