Monday, January 13, 2014

Living the Dream!

We read lots of interesting facts in this book, but it was a no-brainer deciding on what we'd focus on for our Georgia Unit Study.  Of course it was going to be none other than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was born in Atlanta, GA.  The Lord greatly used him to open many doors of freedom for Black Americans and other ethnic minority groups.  Last August marked the 50th Anniversary of his "I Have a Dream" speech.  We watched the speech on YouTube.  Much has been accomplished in this country since then like the inauguration of the 1st Black President! However, because we live in a fallen world and many are blinded by the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4), until Jesus Christ returns there will be prejudice, racism, and bigotry over ethnic differences.  But God! We can still rejoice in all that He has done over these past 50 years through One Man's Dream. 

Because we're a week away from MLK Day, I thought I'd share with you 4 of our favorite books about him.  You should check them out! 

This is a board book that the smallest kids can hold.  I like it because it has simple text with various key words written in larger, colorful font.  

This one was written by MLK's son.  It shows the endearing relationship of father & son but also portrays the reality of the brutal times and the emotions that the son experienced. 

This one was written by MLK's niece and gives more of a light-hearted glimpse of MLK.  He was famous to others, but to Angela Watkins, he was a fun-loving, beloved uncle.  

This book has absolutely the most beautiful illustrations ever!  MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech is put to color with wonderfully, riveting paintings by illustrator, Kadir Nelson.  There's also a Bonus - It comes with a CD of MLK's speech recorded on August 28, 1963! 

Carysse also used the book to complete a MLK Cloze and descriptive word chart.  

  We made a list of Evidence of God's blessings through MLK's Dream.  

This stamp was on a card that I received the same week we were studying MLK!   

Of all the things she could have written on this activity, she wrote...
 What a blessing!

What a privilege to do this unit with my two little brown sweeties! 


Blessed said...

We always listen to MLK's "I Have A Dream" speech on MLK day--a favorite family tradition. (Makes me cry every time) But thanks for sharing the book titles--I will look those up at our local library.

lcjackson said...

I absolutely love what you are doing with your two little brown sweeties! Such an awesome responsibility and opportunity to shape their minds for greatness. GLORY!

Caryn said...

Thanks Ms. Linda! You've always been a wonderful encourager to me ever since I was a little brown sweetie around the corner from you! :-)

The Keierleber Family said...

It absolutely breaks my heart to think back to what this country did. Makes me physically ill.

BUT I know this was a great lesson, and I look forward to teaching Annie all about MLK, William Wilberforce and other people, of all "colors," who fought for the abolition of the slave trade and the abolition of segregation. :)