It seems so somber to enter the New Year with Abraham Lincoln’s remarks on slavery that I second guessed posting it.
That lasted about three seconds. Slavery is too sinister to ignore.
So, how does one address this issue with a room full of 6-7 year olds?
From my perspective, there’s inevitable tension between the desire to talk about the problem and the desire to protect children’s innocence.
To balance these interests I begin with the historic context of slavery in the US and (of course) a picture book.
Henry Cole’s Unspoken is my current favorite starting point. There aren’t any words; and that makes for a great deal of student led questioning and inferring. With nominal guidance, they grasp what’s transpiring and the deplorable nature of slavery.
Objective #1 (awareness) accomplished.