Happy February! This month, the students and I are learning so many things—and having such fun! With the younger students, we've been looking at books from acclaimed African American authors and illustrators, such as Jerry Pinkney and Jacqueline Woodson. Ask your child about Pinkney's wordless book, The Lion and the Mouse. Despite the fact that the book is exclusively illustrations, there are endless opportunities for conversation, exploration, and imagination.
With the older students, we’ve been reading about important, but sometimes overlooked, figures from history. Last week we read about the Loving family, whose challenge to Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage changed the course of American history. What’s more, they lived just a short distance away from our school on Neal Street NE.
From the moment I learned to read, I was hooked. Books are magical, wondrous, and available to us all. They are the great equalizer, enlightener, and illuminator, and it’s my goal to spark that same love in all of my students.