This is NOT a regular book club. K-5 students will learn about Black History from a certified secondary social science educator, and the various books we read together. They'll also be challenged with questions and text analyses that are aligned with Afrocentric principles (like the Africana Studies Framework), Common Core standards, as well as a deeper reflection of their identity and purpose.
Children will be given the tools needed to build racial and cultural esteem, as well as the importance of working collectively to achieve our purpose as a community. Non-Black students will learn the tenants of effective allyship and strengthen their scope of diversity and creative critical thinking. Additionally, this course prepares students for middle and high school, and expand their career aspirations.
Not only will this course impact your child, but it will also impact child across the country (and world). 50% of all proceeds will be donated to youth organizations/scholarships.
I look forward to teaching you and your child. Let me know if you have any questions by emailing me at email@example.com
Tentative Fall Dates (2023):
- September 10th, 17th & 24th (none the 22nd) MAONO (vision) & KUJICHAGULIA (self-determination)
- October 1st, (none the 8th for Indigenous Peoples Day & the 15th for travel), 22nd and 29th UJAMAA (cooperative economics), KUUMBA (creativity) & NIA (purpose)
- November 5th & 19th (none the 12th for Veterans Day and the 26th for Family Day) UJIMA (collective and responsibility)
- December 3rd, 10th and 17th (no class the 24th for Christmas and 31st for NYE) KUUMBA (creativity)
Spring Dates (2024):
*We transition to a once a month class during the summer to accommodate travel and vacation schedules.
- Where are the classes? All classes are taught over ZOOM (on Sunday at 6pm CST). If a class has to be rescheduled, it will be taught and a recording will be sent to all participants.
- How long are the classes? Classes last one hour.
- Does my child need to buy any books? No. I'll be reading to them over ZOOM with a device that allows the book to be displayed on the screen, as if they're watching it on TV. However, each book we're reading would make a great addition to their library.
- Where can I find the books if I want to buy them? You can find them at THIS LINK. This list is updated each semester.
- Will my kids have homework? No, but I assign lifework that includes practices they should be incorporating daily.
- What if I have to miss a class? I'll email you a recording each week.
- Can my child join if they aren't in K-5th grade? Yes, whether they are younger or older, it is up to parent to decide. I think this course is beneficial for all ages, personally. In the past we've had four-year old students and high school students. It's important to understand that the pacing will be based on the K-5 demographic, however.
- Can I cancel whenever I want? Yes you can.
Participants will receive access to a weekly/monthly Black History Introduction course that counters the banning of Critical Race Theory across the country.