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12 Children’s Books That Teach Kids About Black Heroes. Illustrated children's books teach kids about black leaders in art, music, science, entertainment, and social activism. Having children read illustrated books about people who have made a difference in the world in science, music, art, and social activism is a fun and engaging way for them to learn about history. Buzz Feed compiled a list of 26 children’s books focused on celebrating black heroes. Check out the list below: Harlem’s Little Blackbird: Tells the story of Florence Mills, a singer with a voice like a bird. Mills became popular during the Harlem Renaissance, appeared in shows on Broadway, and became an advocate for black performers.

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant tells the story of Horace Pippin, an artist who overcame a war injury to his arm and went on to have his paintings displayed in museums all over the country. Dizzy by Jonah Winter: Dizzy Gillespie, a trumpeter, bandleader, and composer who popularized the bebop style of jazz. Fly High! Art for Kids Hub - We love sharing art projects for kids! What one college discovered when it stopped accepting SAT/ACT scores. (iStock) Hampshire College is a liberal arts school in Massachusetts that has decided not to accept SAT/ACT scores from applicants. That’s right — the college won’t accept them, a step beyond the hundreds of “test-optional” schools that leave it up to the applicant to decide whether to include them in their applications.

So what has happened as a result of the decision? For one thing, U.S. Hampshire College was founded in 1970 as an alternative private liberal arts college that experiments with curriculum and relies on portfolios of work and narrative evaluations rather than distribution requirements and grades. Here’s an explanation of what the college did regarding SAT/ACT scores and why, from President Jonathan Lash, who is also a director of the World Resources Institute, a D.C. By Jonathan Lash: You won’t find our college in the U.S. We weighed other factors in our decision: • Standardized test scores do not predict a student’s success at our college.

How can U.S. HBCU Buzz | 15 Reasons Going to an HBCU is an Experience Like No Other. Huffington Post The roads of HBCUs are paved in black magic. The more than 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the nation act as a safe space for black students to grow, learn and express themselves. Some may argue that predominantly white institutions (known as PWIs) provide a more realistic picture of the society black students enter after graduation, but HBCU students aren’t ill-prepared by any means.

As a proud graduate of Howard University, one of the top HBCUs in the nation, I feel more than equipped to successfully maneuver through a racially biased world — and trust me, I’m holding my black power fist while I do. HBCUs are just as special as they are unique. Here are 15 reasons why: 1. {*style:<b>*}2. So, You Want to Play College Ball? So, You Want to Play College Ball? By Christopher J. Klicka, Senior Counsel for theHomeschool Legal Defense Association Good news for homeschoolers who want to receive NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) scholarships and participate in college sports!

Homeschoolers have finally been recognized as high school graduates by the NCAA. Homeschooled students have come a long way and have cleared many hurdles to gain recognition academically. Over the last several years, homeschoolers have begun to expand their recognition to the realm of athletics. During the last few years, the NCAA approved the academic eligibility an average of 75-100 homeschooled students to receive scholarships at Division I and Division II schools. Over the last several years, hundreds of homeschool sports leagues have developed throughout the states, culminating in several annual national homeschool athletic tournaments.

What steps must homeschoolers take to receive an athletic scholarship? Setting your goals. Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans from movies for all subjects. Picture Books as Reading Books: 3rd-5th Grade Level – Eclectic Homeschooling. As I was considering which chapter books would work best as readers for my daughter this school year, I decided to go a different direction.

There are so many great picture books that are designed to be read aloud by an adult that would work just as well. I went in search of classic picture books and chose ones that fell within the 3rd-5th grade level. I’m combining those with some chapter books for this school year. I like looking at the grade level and lexile level as well as my child’s interests in order to determine which order to read the books. For reading, I have my daughter read aloud to me about 15-20 minutes most school days. I’ve organized the book lists into picture books according the the grade level, picture books according to the lexile level, chapter books according to the grade level, chapter books according to the lexile level, and how I’ve organized the books for my kid.

Picture Books organized by reading level: Picture Books Sorted by Lexile Level: Read your way to a love of math: 50 titles for ages 4-12. 7 Fun & Educational Black History Apps You Must Download - On The Black List. Jae Jones Most people who use a cellphone, tablet, or iPad knows there is an app for just about everything they want to do. Learning facts about Black History is no different.

There are many apps that have been created to educate people on the many different facts about Black History. Here are 7 apps that make learning Black History facts easy. 1 . The Then and Now Series app helps people learn about the different cultures of African-Americans. 2. If you or your child needs to learn about African-American inventors then this is a great app. 3. Anyone using the app can test their knowledge about history of prominent Black leaders. 4.

Discover all the facts that you need to know with the Black History People app. 5. Learn quotes of very famous African-American people with just the touch of your screen. 6. The app is great for learning different milestones that were reached during the early life of many famous African-Americans. 7. NFL Player Tackles Learning Issues On, Off Field. Xavier Cooper is gearing up for his rookie season with the Cleveland Browns. But he’ll be sticking to his own playbook for life, starting with: Believe in yourself. And he’s determined to take that message to kids with learning and attention issues everywhere. “Everybody learns differently, and that’s OK,” Cooper says. “That’s why I want to talk to kids at every chance I get.” Cooper, 23, is a defensive lineman and a third-round draft pick for the Browns. He’s proud that he’s only eight credits away from a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Washington State University. But first Cooper is heading home to Tacoma, Washington, during his summer break to give back to a community that he says gave him so much.

Cooper says school was tough for him, especially by the time he reached eighth grade. Cooper’s parents always stressed the importance of education for him and his two older sisters. He credits her with helping him figure out how to manage his time on and off the field. Why Black Kids Should Be Homeschooled. This is a guest post by Antonio Buehler. He works with homeschoolers to identify individual learning styles so parents can better tailor their homeschooling approach to their children’s capabilities and needs. He also helps students who want to gain admission to a highly competitive college or university. Buehler’s blog is Homeschooling is by far the best alternative for most black children. There are problems in public school for all children, but the institutional racism of traditional schools means that black children have the most to gain from homeschooling. Today 15% of homeschoolers are minorities, but that percentage should escalate rapidly as parents begin to realize the benefits of homeschooling compared to the tremendous harm of public schooling. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

The new trend in validating top students: Make them all valedictorians. The top student in a high school’s graduating class used to earn the honor of being the valedictorian, and traditionally that one student delivered a commencement speech that helped send his or her classmates out into the adult world. But at Arlington’s Washington-Lee High School this year, there were 117 valedictorians out of a class of 457. At Long Beach Polytechnic in California, there were 30. And at some schools — including North Hills High outside of Pittsburgh and high schools in Miami — there were none. [High schools are doing away with class rank. What does that mean for college admissions?] The nation’s high schools are changing the way they recognize top students, struggling to balance praise for them while also quelling unhealthy competition among classmates as the college application process grows more cutthroat. The result? Gerri Zhang, 18, was the sole valedictorian at Whitney M.

“Education’s not a game. But some said it is an honor they would not want to share. Enjoy your memory report! We're all going on a family gap year. That year raced by with all the regularity and predictability of any other for us back home. Not much really changed, but this family returned from their travels transformed. They had the most incredible stories to tell and the most beautiful photos to share. They had gained insights and a world perspective. They talked of places I had never heard of, told stories I could only dream of and exuded a confidence that comes from stepping beyond one’s comfort zone and really living. I remember thinking that whatever it was they experienced on the other side of the world, I wanted to experience it some day too. Michael with Marlow in one of Courtney’s photos on Instagram I’ve always been an adventurer with a bit of a bohemian spirit.

. • Gap year travel advice Nevertheless, I persisted and persuaded. Only my son Easton expressed some slight concerns. Courtney Adamo And then one night Michael agreed. Quin, Marlow and Ivy in a photo from Courtney's Instagram Some sacrifices have had to be made. A Thousand Rivers. Before there was Phonics or Whole Language, there was the "Alphabet method," sometimes called "syllabification," where students were taught the letters of the alphabet followed by rote memorization and then combination of simple two-letter syllables, like BA BE BI BO BU and AB EB IB OB UB. Combined with ample doses of the "Whipping" method, it was apparently highly effective. The New England Primer, widely used throughout the northeastern colonies through the end of the eighteenth century, followed a short list of these syllable combinations with illustrated verses designed to show each letter of the alphabet in use (“In ADAM’s fall, we sinned all,” or “The idle FOOL is whipped at school.”) and then went promptly on to full texts of prayers, hymns, dialogues between Christ, Youth, and the Devil, and thrillingly lurid illustrations of Protestant martyrs being burned at the stake.

What the modern world has forgotten about children and learning. photo by Wade Davis by Carol Black. How Dual Credit Works for Home Schooled Students - Dual Credit at HomeDual Credit at Home. Part 1 of 3 As a home school mom who’s utilized dual credit studies as part of our high school at home for several years, I’d like to share with you exactly how dual credit works so you can decide if and how to implement it in your own home school. (And for those that decide to launch out, Part 2 of this series shares the “how to” aspect!) If you’re a dual credit pro, you won’t NEED to read this, but you might anyway just to make sure you’re aware of all your options (and you might want to comment on what YOU know about dual credit!). To start with: “Dual credit” simply means your student is awarded both high school and college credit for the same course. Simply realizing how much money you’ll save is great motivation for deciding to let your high school student get as many of their college credits earned as they can WHILE they’re finishing high school.

Some of the most common questions parents ask are… “How much money will dual credit courses/exams really save me?” Yes, it is. I think so. Books for Gifted Children from Gifted Education Publisher Royal Fireworks Press. 10 Movies for Kids about Scientists. Science is a field requires a lot hard work. As scientists, you not only need the scientific mind, but also the curiosity to explore more and the drive to persevere through hardships. For kids to stay in the science field, learning science knowledge is not enough. They also need learn all these characters that are needed to be successful in science. Today we share movies about scientists, hope these stories will inspire your young scientists.

Most these movies are PG rated, some are PG13. Infinity is about the life of the physicist Richard Feynman, from his early years, to Los Alamos National Laboratory. Madame Curie is a biography movie about Nobel-prize winning physicist Marie Curie and her husband Pierre Curie, as they went through hardship learn about radiology. Edison the Man is an Oscar-nominated biography of Thomas Edison, the famous inventor who rose from poverty to invent the electric light bulb. Looking for more movie ideas for kids to spark their interest in science? New York City's Slave Market. On June 27, a plaque marking the site of New York City's main 18th-century slave market was unveiled in Lower Manhattan by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Reflecting on 300 years of local history, he drew a comparison between black life then and now: "It was true two, three centuries ago, even though it was never acknowledged.

It was true then, it is true today. It will be true tomorrow. Black lives matter.” This history had started with the arrival of a black man. In 1626, 11 Africans from Congo, Angola, and the island of Sao Tome were transported to the small town. Whereas during the Dutch period, 70 percent of the Africans came from the Caribbean under British rule—which started in 1664—most arrived directly from Africa. With the aggressive increase in the slave trade and the expansion of the city, an official slave market opened in 1711 by the East River on Wall Street between Pearl and Water Streets. We need many more markers to tell their heroic story. More about slavery in New York.