Today is Martin Luther King Day.
The definition of courage is “the quality of being brave: the ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action.”
Yes, courage is a word that definitely applies to Martin Luther King.
Tributes are taking place across this country and all over the world.
How can we help young children understand and appreciate Martin Luther King?
How do we encourage kids to dream and have the courage to pursue that dream?
I do it through my book, Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking and in my school programs.
Daria, founder of Music to Inspire All the World’s Children, does it through music.
I’m thrilled that she invited me to share the following post. Here’s Daria!
The “I Have A Dream:” Song Shares A MLK Day Message With Kids
MLK is one of my heroes.
Not only did he do the right thing. But he did the right thing, under the toughest of circumstances and in the right way. He overcame hatred with the transforming power of love. He stared down ignorance with understanding. And he fought not only for a portion of the population, but for well-being of the entire world, demonstrating his concept of the beloved community. To me, that’s incredibly inspirational.
But how do you share these huge ideas and big concepts with little ears and young listeners? As a musician, I felt moved to write a song and try to put some of these concepts into the lyrics. I hoped the song would be a sing-able way to talk about MLK’s dream as well as a good place to start conversations about these big ideas and what they might mean to our classrooms, families and communities as we move into a new era.
All month, I have the “I Have a Dream” song (lyrics below) free on my website’s monthly song page along with lyric sheets, and sheet music since the song is frequently used for choruses and in schools. I hope you’ll visit and enjoy the resources as you plan your activities or reflect on the idea of service and how you make a difference in your community and your world.
The direct link to the download is:
http://www.dariamusic.com/monthly_song.php. For more information, visit
my site or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you!
I HAVE A DREAM
Words and music by Daria A. Marmaluk-Hajioannou
There’s a man I think you’ve heard of
His name is Martin Luther King
He wanted a world of peace and love
He said “I have a dream”
I have a dream
I have a dream
I’ve been to the mountaintop and I’ve seen…
I have a dream
He said: “I know that this is possible
I know that this can be
If each one can learn to live with love
Then we can all be free”
If you share this vision
You know it’s not a difficult thing
We can build a world of peace and love
And we can all be queens and “kings”
I’m very grateful to Daria for sharing this post with me and I hope you will visit Daria’s wonderful website: Making Multicultural Music Blog
When you are there, you can also download the song and coloring pages and help your children celebrate the importance of pursuing one’s dream and doing the right thing.
Here’s a direct link to one of the coloring pages: http://www.dariamusic.com/docs/mlk.pdf
Since it is such a special day, I’d like to share another gift with you.
Here’s an easy-to-make dessert from Chapter Two (I’m Special: Helping Your Child Value His Own Strengths and Qualities) of my book that will have your children dreaming sweet dreams.
DREAMY FRUIT SALAD
Children love to help in the kitchen. They acquire skills as they measure and mix ingredients and “read” the recipe. One of the basic components of developing true self-esteem is mastering tasks and skills. So why not invite your child to assist you when you make this delicious and nutritious dessert.
Cooking with kids builds self-esteem, develops literacy skills and is just plain fun!
You will need: 1 large package vanilla instant pudding, 1½ cups milk, 1 diced apple, 1 peeled navel orange (sectioned), 2 bananas (sliced), ½ cup sliced strawberries, ½ cup blueberries and a large bowl.
- Mix instant pudding and milk in a large bowl. Chill for 10 minutes.
- Add diced apple, orange sections, bananas, strawberries and blueberries and mix together gently.
- Makes 4 – 6 servings. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Creative tip: use your imagination and substitute different fruits.
Many other bloggers have paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King. Here are a few links you might want to visit.
Today is special for another reason…it is Inauguration Day for President Barack Obama…I offer a prayer for him and for his advisors…that they may have a little of the courage of Dr. Martin Luther King…and may their decisions in the next four years have a positive impact on the people, the country and the world.