Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January in the USA.   Which this year makes it today.

Martin Luther King Jr was a Minister and Civil Rights campaigner in 1960’s America.  He helped organise the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  He is famous for advocating peaceful protest, in 1963 he made his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech at a freedom rally in Washington.  In 1968 he was assassinated.  MLK Day was first celebrated 3 years later but it was not until 2000 that is was finally observed in all 50 states.

We started off with a piece of artwork.  We arranged two boxes of crayons across the top of a large canvas and glued them in place with strong glue.  We gave the glue a few hours and then tilting the canvas at an angle we turned on the hairdryer.


As the crayons melted the wax ran.

20140120_2Lesson’s learned – it was messy, we didn’t have a concentrator on so it spread the wax – up the walls too!

We followed up by reading a library book about Dr King.



We then added some information on to our timeline (no ink in printer) 20140120_15Sam listened to an audio of the ‘I have a Dream’ speech and then he made his own ‘I have a Dream’ poster – keen sense of social justice my boy.  He was most upset to find out yesterday how little the average soldier earns!

20140120_10One of the things I love about my job is that it occasionally tosses me up little gems I have forgotten about – I found Jack’s ‘I have a Dream’ poster on the website – no idea how old he was but clearly doesn’t have Sam’s social conscience 😉

Then using AV’s New Year Doodle Fun we looked at how he could help with those dreams.  We have some shopping to do to support the local foodbank.


We then read ‘The Crayon Box that Talked’. 20140120_16 Discussed how it and the artwork we had created early tied into the idea of civil rights and added the last lines of the book to the picture.




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