Random Pieces of My Brain

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  • http://www.fromtwotoone.com/ from two to one

    What about using primary sources to explain some of the social justice issues? Like reading the declarations from the Seneca Falls Convention that kicked off the women’s rights movement (leading to women’s suffrage decades later)? I’m not sure it historical fictions books are appropriate for the age of your kids, but when we read To Kill A Mockingbird, we coupled it in school with history lessons and reading court cases.

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

      yeah, I want to do that, especially with my 6th grader this year. This year is going to be heavily geography/culture based, instead of history like we’ve usually done. So for the first few weeks we’re doing US, and then Mexico for a couple of weeks. I downloaded a sort of cool activity book from Voice of the Martyrs on Chiapas, Mexico, their poorest state. But there was no talk about how to help alleviate the poverty, or even what caused it, and I thought their attitude towards it really stunk, actually. But I loved the culture part of it, and the praying for christians part. And I have a cool Fair Trade curriculum from Equal Exchange, and I found a few cool lessons from Compassion about cultures and one was on fair trade. So I have everything I want, but to do the lesson I want them to learn (esp since their attitude towards Mexico/Mexicans will have actual implications when they grow up), I have to combine like 5 different resources.

      Ideally I want something that will teach them about the country and the people and the culture. Reading/activities/art/videos, etc. And then get into some of the issues, like poverty and education, for example, and then focus on what the solutions might be. I was reading a lot about it last night, and there’s even a local roaster who buys fair trade coffee from Chiapas. That is cool. So we could walk to the coffeeshop, buy a bag, and know exactly how we’re helping a little bit.

      I just don’t know if I can do it, haha.

  • http://tellmewhytheworldisweird.blogspot.com/ perfectnumber628

    I totally agree about teaching about a country/culture and also the social justice issues that culture deals with. I feel like it’s easy to get a really distorted, one-dimensional view- “these people don’t have access to clean water, look how sad they are, they just spend all their time being sad about not having water”- when in reality, all people have interesting lives, goals and dreams, people they love, etc.

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

      yes, and it’s so easy to get caught up in ‘thank goodness it’s not me’ instead of ‘how can I help.’