Let's Talk About It
Kidzeum of Health & Science supports our nation's call for change and we want to help children learn to show kindness and compassion to everyone. Here are a few resources we've compiled to help parents start a conversation with children about the critical issues facing our world:
Talking to Kids About Race by National Geographic
“'This moment in time provides people with an opportunity,' says Candra Flanagan, director of teaching and learning for the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). 'Adults might want to turn off the TV or be silent. But kids are getting their information and understanding from other places. It makes it that much more important to have these conversations so they aren’t getting outside messages different from what [parents] want them to have.'"
Talking About Race by the National Museum of African American History & Culture
"Why talking about race matters: Everyone has a racialized identity. Racialized identity has major impact on a person's life. Race is a defining social construct in American life."
Equity Resources: Living the Statement by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
"[These resources] are drawn from our partners’ as well as from NAEYC’s own publications. While some provide recommendations and implications for policy makers and administrators, this collection is primarily focused on elevating resources that support educators in teaching for equity."
The Underground Railroad by the National Geographic
An easy-to-navigate, interactive project allowing the audience to follow the Underground Railroad to freedom.
How to Celebrate Black History Month with Kids by Parents.com
Information about Black History Month itself and suggestions for engaging kids in exploring and celebrating Black History.
What Can One Little Person Do by Scholastic
A sing-a-long for kids highlighting the lasting impact of Rosa Park’s single, simple act.
Black History Month by PBS Kids
A brief-but-thoughtful introduction to Black History Month, produced with kids in mind.
How to Talk Honestly With Children About Racism by PBS Kids
"In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd and in the midst of protests around the country, we’re again left wondering what we should say to our children about racism in America. What is too much? What is not enough? What if they’re too young and we scare them? What if we’re scared, too?"
Talking to Your Kids about Racism by UNICEF
"Conversations about racism and discrimination will look different for each family. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, the science is clear: the earlier parents start the conversation with their children the better."
"Children always look to their parents for a sense of safety and security – even more so in times of crisis. Here are some tips on how to approach the conversation with your child and to provide them with support and comfort.
Moments in History, Written for Kids
1963 March on Washington by National Geographic Kids
On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and gave his famous "I Have A Dream" speech in one of the most important civil rights demonstrations in U.S. history.
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