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The Attack on “Critical Race Theory”: What’s Going on? from EmbraceRace

Embrace Race is an invaluable resource for parents, teachers and caregivers who are eager to support children’s healthy racial identities and racial sensiblilities. Check out this description from Embrace Race about the attacks on critical race theory and the upcoming webinar to understand the significance.

Lately, a lot of people have been very upset about “critical race theory.” Back in September 2020, the former president directed federal agencies to cut funding for training programs that refer to “white privilege” or “critical race theory, declaring such programs “un-American propaganda” and “a sickness that cannot be allowed to continue.” In the last few months, at least eight states have passed legislation banning the teaching of CRT in schools and some 20 more have similar bills in the pipeline or plans to introduce them. What’s going on?

Join us for a conversation that situates the current battle about “critical race theory” in the context of a much longer war over the relationship between our racial present and racial past, and the role of culture, institutions, laws, policies and “systems” in shaping both. As members of families and communities, as adults in the lives of the children who will have to live with the consequences of these struggles, how do we understand what’s at stake and how we can usefully weigh in? Please bring your comments, questions, and experiences!

The Attack on “Critical Race Theory”: What’s Going on?

Juneteenth Resources for Families With Young Children

“On June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, were told they were free, and 156 years later many communities continue to celebrate.

Juneteenth is about acknowledging the oppression of slavery and it is also about celebrating freedom. Many African American families today mark the day with food, music, community organizing, and being together. To understand the importance of Juneteenth you need a fundamental understanding of slavery, oppression, and systemic racism that continues.”- Red Leaf Press

Read Aloud Books For Young Children

All the Colors We Are | Todos los Colores de Nuestra Piel by Katie Kissinger

We Came to America Book by Faith Ringgold 

 The Colors Of Us By: Karen Katz

For Parents

Embrace Race: Let’s Raise a Generation of Children Who Are Thoughtful, Informed, and Brave About Race.

Teaching Juneteenth The history of Juneteenth acknowledges hard history while also empowering students to be advocates for change. by Coshandra Dillard 

Zinn Education Project June 19, 1865: “Juneteenth” Emancipation Day

“Fox, Fox, What Time Is It?”- A Beloved Game that Helps Stretch Social Muscles

By Kimberley Davis, HFP Teacher

“Fox, Fox, What Time Is It?” is a fantastic opportunity for young children to stretch their social muscle and practice sequence of actions. In the process we’re learning how to connect counting to movement as well. This is important because it teaches children to regulate their bodies.

When the children are taking turns being the fox, they get the opportunity to practice important social skills such as stopping, looking, and listening. Whomever is the fox gets to listen for when the group of rabbits asks what time it is. If the fox says a number of hops that can’t be heard, or forgets to hold their fingers up, they must stop and engage carefully with the rabbits in order to make the game successful. We’re naturally practicing patience, turn taking, and intentionally noticing one another in this space.
 
Secondarily, the children are given the opportunity to practice and repeat a sequence of actions. Sequence of action is important in connecting one to their environment, and making sense of the world. We sequencing in our world every day, be it our coffee making ritual or the pattern of actions performed while getting into our car. Practice sequencing helps us understand patterns and allows the world to be a little more understandable, and therefore a little less scary. 
 
Lastly, “Fox fox what time is it” is a super fun game almost all children seem to love to play – and it can often end up self-sustaining, without an adult needed! (Especially if your children are 3+)  So next time you’re littles need that big movement, give it a go!

Breathing Ball: A Tool To Assist With Self-Awareness

  

“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”– Thich Nhat Hanh

 

We have a new tool in the play yard. I gather small groups to try it out. Breathing in: Smell a flower. Breathing out: Blow out a candle. We take turns using the breathing ball to notice our breath and breath together. 

Days after our small group orientation, Kimberley brings the breathing ball to a small group that is dysregulated after a conflict. There focus shifts immediately and they each use the ball to calm their bodies, as Kimberley assists.  Since then, pairs of children ask to access the ball and use it with respect and intrigue. They breath in while expanding the colorful “ball” and exhale while contracting it.