Keep Kids, Tweens & Teens Busy with the Harlem Renaissance
When you’re waiting at the dentist office or for someone to finish with a sport or music lesson are you waiting alone? Inevitably for me there is always one child who is waiting for one or two to finish. Usually I bring a book for the younger ones. The older kiddo is easier to keep still and usually has homework to complete. But still there are those moments when someone is left with nothing to do. And in my world usually when someone is left with nothing to do, this means I have plenty to do. My strategy? Keep them busy thinking if at all possible and if we can focus on Black History at the same time – even better! I found a lot of great resources on the Harlem Renaissance, so the next time we have a lengthy wait you better believe I am ready.
High and Middle SchoolYour tween or teen a little sketchy on the Harlem Renaissance details? No worries have them review the facts with this video:
Hooray! The Library of Congress now offers free iBooks! Get out your iPad and get to downloading. Their Harlem Renaissance iBook has photos and a nice audio.
Your tween or teen can analyze photographs/images from the Harlem Renaissance with this iBook feature. here
ElementaryIntroduce your whiz kid to Harlem with Walter Dean Myer’s book Harlem!
In the book Harlem, award-winning author Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers, an accomplished artist, combine their talents to share the remarkable sights, sounds and textures of a community and a way of life that has touched and shaped the lives of thousands of Americans for generations. Here is a guide to encourage further discussion and exploration of the continuing legacy that is Harlem. Next have them check out the sounds of the Harlem Renaissance at the Kennedy Center Arts Edge.
KindergartenIntroduce the Harlem Renaissance to your little one with books. Below are a couple to get you started: Sweet Music in Harlem C. J. needs to act fast. A photographer from Highnote magazine is on his way to photograph Uncle Click, a well-known jazz musician, but Uncle Click's signature hat is missing. Now it's up to C. J. to hunt down the hat in time for the photo shoot. Little does C. J. know that his whirlwind search through Harlem sets in motion the making of a magical moment of friendship and music. Jazz This smash-hit picture book of jazz music poems, from award-winning father-son team Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers, is now available in paperback. There's a crazy syncopation /and it's tearing through the nation / and it's bringing sweet elation / to every single tune./ It's Jazz/ From bebop to New Orleans, from ragtime to boogie, and every style in between, this collection of Walter Dean Myers's energetic and engaging poems, accompanied by Christopher Myers's bright and exhilarating paintings, celebrates different styles of the American art form, jazz. "JAZZ" takes readers on a musical journey from jazz's beginnings to the present day. Includes time line and jazz glossary.
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