Monday, January 16, 2012

Teaching children about Martin Luther King

Teaching our children about American history is an important focus in our children's educational goals. Since I have been Homeschooling Ella this year, I was excited to teach Ella about Martin Luther King. After spending time talking with Ella about Martin Luther King, she asked if she could hear his speech.

We were able to watch the entire speech together on YouTube, and then talk about how powerful the famous speech was. After listening to the speech, I asked Ella to write down her dreams for the future. It was cute to see all her dreams, but I especially liked #5.

Then she wrote a summary about what Martin Luther King did for our Country. I love how she ended it with, "now we are friends."

Today we honor his courage in working to improve the lives of so many people. I hope that you take a moment today to celebrate the life of this great man.


  1. So I was just feeling sorry for myself that I have to find a way to entertain my kids since they're not in school YET AGAIN (I love LAUSD). You just made me pull my head out. I'll show them this video and remember why this is a national holiday. thanks.

  2. That is so beautiful! I love her dreams! And what a great way to honor Martin Luther King's legacy.

  3. Oh I love this post!
    MLK Jr. is one of my favorite people in the entire world. I love his true commitment to his faith and understanding the bigger picture of what he was working for.

    My favorite speech of his was the "mountain top speech"- His very last speech that ALMOST didn't happen. There were some prophetic words that night. The story surrounding the speech is so interesting.

    There is a documentary about it! Not sure if you saw it. I'll try to find the link so you can show your daughter!

  4. I love this, Shelby! You're doing a great job homeschooling. Like The Woman Formerly Known, I spent a lot of the day complaining about another day off from school. Thank you for reminding me what the day is all about.

  5. Shelby, what a neat way to approach the holiday. You are so perfectly suited to home school. You do such an amazing job. Thank you for reminding me what the day is truly about .


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