“We have kids from Nicaragua, Guam, and Africa in my class…”
“We made masks from China, Peru, and Africa…”
“He is been to England, Africa, and Italy”
I have a pet peeve. It makes my skin crawl when I hear people referring to Africa as a country, instead of an immensely diverse continent. Did you know Africa has well over 2000 languages and innumerable ethnic groups, in its 54 countries!? My goal is to help parents and teachers dispel stereotypes by teaching a variety of stories from different countries in the continent.
One great book that counters stereotypes, “Africa is Not a Country,” gets to the heart of modern Africa: rural and urban families, living contemporary and traditional lives, and children in their homes, with their families, going to school, and playing with their friends. In this activity- which touches on 25 countries in Africa- kids will be locating and coloring countries on the map as they hear them mentioned in the story. Continue reading
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My husband frequently travels to South Africa for work, and skypes with us from his hotel. On one long trip, he was able to go on a safari and bring us back pictures of the animals he saw. In my children’s eyes, South Africa the country consists of a hotel, a big office building, and a national reserve with exotic animals. While the big animals are amazing, and I would love to see them, I wanted to teach them about South African culture beyond the elephants, leopards, rhinos, buffaloes, and lions. We turned to our local library, and found wonderful, quality stories and pictures in children’s literature about South Africa. This list complements a unit on South Africa, diversifies teachers’ and parents’ reading lists, and would be a wonderful lesson for kids who might be traveling there. Continue reading
In this abridged version of his autobiography, children will be introduced to a global hero: South African Nelson Mandela
Reading biographies written for kids, and learning about important leaders from around the world and challenges they have overcome gives children examples of character traits, perspective on current events, and expands their ideas about other countries. The activities in this article are geared towards the older elementary grades.
You may know that Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid activist who was imprisoned 27 years, elevated to President of South Africa in 1991 and subsequently won the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. Continue reading