African American Awareness for Young Children: A Curriculum
Here are four, exciting teaching units you can incorporate easily into your existing early childhood curriculum as either supplemental or core material. These special units expose children to literature that helps develop an appreciation of the African American culture and provides role models with whom they can identify. By recognizing the importance of cultural awareness in the development of a child's self-concept, these cultural experiences benefit all the children in the class! Includes complete lesson plans with poems, songs, and book suggestions, hands-on activities, pages to color and take home, and a classroom reproducible excerpt from the "I Have a Dream" speech.
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My Aunt Dr. Evia Davis writes a short story on my Maternal Great Grandmother Caroline Lowe Brown aka "Ma Brown" in this curriculum. I had many visits with Ma Brown when I was a child. Ma Brown was fascinating. She was a Blackfoot Indian (not Cherokee, most likely of Virginia Lineage or Chochtaw as the story goes). She was a Midwife and delivered lots of children in Leflore and Carroll Counties, Including Greenwood, MS. When our "Ma Brown" passed in June of 1980 her funeral was well attended by many diverse people she had been a nurse to or attended their birth. I remember the line of cars stretching more than 10 miles along HWY 82 East from Old Browning in Greenwood MS to Duck Hill near Carollton, MS. The line were well wishers who wanted to pay their last respects to Mother Brown at the graveside. Ma Brown inspired me to become a physician and care for others.
There are lots of wonderful stories to teach young people from in this resource! I hope that you will use this book to educate children of all nationalities about African American culture.
Dr. Tamala Mallett Moore