This month’s ABC book: “Through My Eyes” by Ruby Bridges is the true story of a six-year-old black girl who on November 14, 1960 walked through a mob of screaming segregationists escorted by Federal Marshals into her new school in New Orleans, Louisiana. Surrounded by racial turmoil, Ruby spent first grade learning to read with the help of one supportive teacher.
Goals of lesson:
- Promote discussion about the importance of tolerance and acceptance of differences.
- Learn how it feels to walk in someone else’s shoes.
- Practice techniques to promote a sense of belonging in our school communities by relying on personal power as UPstanders to include all students.
- Explore prayer as a way to cope during challenging times and as a way to forgive our enemies.
Questions to ask your child to reinforce this lesson at home:
How do you feel when you are treated unfairly by others? Why?
Which injustices in the world bother you most?
What can our family do about injustice, hunger, and poverty?
- What prayers can you say when you are scared or lonely?
When you “catch” kids modeling positive behaviors…
Notice, Name it, and Celebrate it!