Observing MLK Day with Kids

Make next Monday a school holiday with meaning and purpose. There are activities, books and media for kids of every age to learn about Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and the Civil Rights movement. Here are a few leads:• Participate in a day of service. Park and school districts nationwide are coordinating service projects to benefit area agencies (many with drop-off options for children of working parents). Get kids involved in citizen action.

• Head to the library. Your local public library might be hosting readings of books about Dr. King and civil rights, or you can check out a few good age-appropriate titles. Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport is a great starting point for younger kids, and Oh, Freedom!: Kids Talk About the Civil Rights Movement with the People Who Made It Happen is an incredible oral history collected by fourth graders.

• Watch a movie or explore the web together. Grade schoolers will enjoy the animated film Our Friend Martin, while March On! And More Stories About African American History is accessible to younger viewers. The Social Studies channel on Brain Pop! features some excellent content on Dr. King and Civil Rights.

What are you doing with your family on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

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