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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Links

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.

http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/mlk-day

 

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