This week we've been reading the chapter in A Kid's Guide to African American History on life on a plantation. The girls haven't wanted to do any crafts or eat grits and collard greens, but we have read through everything and had lots of good discussion.
Here are the books we used:
And the girls' personal favorite Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales (of Brer Rabbit)
We're also going to listen to some songs such as Blue-Tail Fly (you can listen to an easy-to-understand version here and read the words in heavy dialect and not-so heavy),
Pick a Bale of Cotton (YouTube video of Leadbelly singing --skip the comments discussion)
and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. (this is a beautiful acapella version which downloaded automatically into my iTunes. There is a link here to the Wikipedia article on this song also.)
Next week we'll investigate the abolitionists, Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.