BACK TO SCHOOL BOX!
This box shipped out the end of September and is full of fun that you can bring to school! Our book is super special and our nonprofit collaboration will give you hope for the future.
This box is targeted for families and groups with kids ages 2-5 but activities can be adjusted to kids ages up to 10 years old! Please use your creativity and share your ideas! Don’t forget that some parts of the crafts are small. No activity should be completed without adult supervision
MRS. ADA JENKINS AND THE DAVIDSON COLORED SCHOOL!
This book is super special because it was written and illustrated by the students in the 4th and 5th grade students in Ada Jenkins LEARN works classes! "The purpose of the LEARN Works program is to partner with families, schools, and volunteers to support the academic progress of our students and to advance family engagement. We also provide enrichment activities that many could not otherwise afford."
This book usually takes 3-5 minutes to read.
Grownups, reading is a fundamental skill and bonding activity that is an investment in your relationship with your kids. Reading repetitively has been shown to be very beneficial for emerging readers and writers and speakers! Read Mrs. Ada Jenkins and the Davidson Colored School over and over and over :)
What problems did Mrs. Ada Jenkins Fix?
- What do you think about segregation?
- What can we do to help our community?
- How are you like Mrs. Ada Jenkins?
- What does it mean to be fair?
After your book is well-loved, share this book with a friend! Tell them all you have learned. Maybe even write a note in the cover!
For Older Readers:
Hello all kid readers out there! This sweet book is also fun to practice your reading! Is there a younger kid in your circle you could read to? Little brother or sister in your house? Someone at church or in your community? Maybe you can use Mrs. Ada Jenkins and the Davidson Colored School to orally read at a local story time!
Why is Representation Important?
Authors and Illustrators of color are talented, important and deserve the same exposure as white authors. There are many Latino and Latina authors in this month's book! One author is from Venezuela!
#WeNeedDiverseBooks is a very impactful movement that advocates for changes in the publishing industry “to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.” Almost 40% of Americans are people of color but only about 7% of children’s books are written by people of color. Children of color need to see themselves in a variety of characters in stories that are authentically their own. White kids need to experience book characters of color in a variety of roles. Characters that represent a variety of backgrounds and cultures are beneficial for everyone and assists in taking steps for greater understanding and acceptance in our society.
Awareness of other peoples needs and taking responsibility to help, is a skill that can start with young toddlers. The Mister Rogers Parenting Book famously explained that Mister Rogers’ mother told him to “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
Pencils of Promise is tackling global education by training teachers, building schools and giving kids the access they need to go to school. It only takes $75 to educate a child for a year! 250 million kids can't read! Look at this issue below- taken from their website:
YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF THESE KIDS WITH THIS CRAFT!
HOW TO MAKE YOUR PENCILS FOR THE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN:
*Find the reusable produce bag with your pencils and embellishments and create your pencils!
*Decide either to sell your pencils at a certain price, or ask for donations with pencils as a "gift"(thats what we did", or host a silent or live auction. The sky is the limit and up to your very own imagination!
*RAISE THAT MONEY!!
HOW TO CREATE YOUR PENCILS OF PROMISE DONATION PAGE:
*Click "Start A New Page or Join Team"
*Go through the prompts to set up your profile/page to be a team member under the team of Kind P.O.D.S.
*Load your donations by clicking "Donate" and adding the amount you raised (or add some more yourself)
*Share your donation page link to give your family and friends a chance to donate more money to your fundraiser
*Pencils Of Promise will send you emails (if you want them to) to help maximize your donations
THE TEAM MEMBER THAT RAISES THE MOST MONEY BY 12/31/2019 WILL GET A FREE CRAFTINGOOD (FORMALLY KIND P.O.D.S. SUBSCRIPTION FOR A YEAR!!!!!!
BURLAP BAG REUSED/REPURPOSED FROM SUMMIT COFFEE ROASTERY!
Emotional intelligence is one of the most important skills we nurture in our kids. Awareness of others’ needs and recognizing our own excess is a quick and easy way to build empathy. Not to mention, having less toys and “stuff” is beneficial for children’s creativity and caregivers’ mental health.
Your burlap bag from Summit Coffee is a great conversation starter in and of itself! Each bag likely has a stamp of the country from where it has been. Discuss geography with your kids and discuss the similarities and differences in cultures! Where did your bag travel from??
Next, explain to your kids that not every family has clothes, toys or books they need to have the same opportunities that your family may have. Ask how they would feel if they didn’t have toys or books. Ask them to select one or more toys, books or clothes that they would like to donate. Have them put those items in their bag. If you have already donated items or prefer to purchase new, buy some fresh books, clothes or toys! Take your kids to the donation center of your choice and have them give the bag. Including children in collecting and donating items will teach them a lifelong awareness.
Project 658 is a growing organization that helps families with a variety of programs such as sewing, cooking, childcare, English classes etc. Our burlap donation bags are cut in half and sewn by the talented students learning in their sewing classes.
This activity usually takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Check out the Walt kids finding their toys here!
POUCH FOR PENNIES!
Collect Pennies in every box you receive! You keep your pennies in your fair trade pouch! When you collect 5, you are a SUPER member that gets special events/items/discounts!