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Nia (Purpose) Friday! Writing on Papyrus: Ancient Egypt

Nia (Purpose) Friday! Writing on Papyrus: Ancient Egypt

Nia means purpose: Studying Egypt As we discussed in previous posts, each week we will explore a different country in Africa. Egypt’s has somewhat overlapped to span two weeks, but this is to get you adjusted. We also covered a lot of information that will […]

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) Thursday: Selling Treats

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) Thursday: Selling Treats

Ujamaa stands for cooperative economics. With our exploration of Egypt, we are going to implement our pomegranates with this activity as well as our gold rocks. Today is a fun exploration of entrepreneurship and utilizing resources for exchange. If you have leftover pomegranates, great! If […]

Ujima Wednesday: Pomegranate Preschool Cooking Activity

Ujima Wednesday: Pomegranate Preschool Cooking Activity

Ujima is collective work and responsibility. Part of belonging to a collective is putting in work and sharing responsibility for the community. Wednesday’s ujima activities will reflect on instances where children can actively contribute to family care. Today’s activity affords us the opportunity to healthily […]

Kuji Tuesday Activity: The Monkey Bars

Kuji Tuesday Activity: The Monkey Bars

photo credit: insipidlife Playground 1 via photopin (license) Kujichagulia means self-determination. As we recognize Kujichagulia in our Kwanzaa 365 curriculum, a great deal of self-determination will be honed through the mind. Building character and instilling willpower in children can easily be done through physical activity. […]

Umoja Monday: Passports for Africa!

Umoja Monday: Passports for Africa!

Umoja means unity. It was a GREAT first week and I am so excited to continue this journey with you in our Kwanzaa 365 curriculum. As we progress, much of the work that we do will connect and you’ll likely know what to expect with […]

Imani (Faith) Sunday

Imani (Faith) Sunday

Imani means faith. “To believe, with all our heart, in our Creator, our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.” On this particular Sunday, we are going to reflect on faith as it relates to trust. Trust […]

Kuumba (Creativity) Saturday

Kuumba (Creativity) Saturday

photo credit: Sam-H-A Art is Colors! via photopin (license) ¬†Kuumba means creativity. “To do always as much as we can in the way that we can in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than when we inherited it.” Each day is a […]

Nia (Purpose) Friday

Nia (Purpose) Friday

Nia means purpose. “To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.” For much of Friday’s lessons, we will take a look at elements of history in African achievement. As we progress, […]

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) Thursday

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) Thursday

Ujamaa represents cooperative economics. “To build our own businesses, control the economics of our own community and share in all its work and wealth.” Furthermore…I’ve seen it written “as a political concept it asserts that a person becomes a person through the people or community.” […]

Mothering the Village: I Am a Mommy Blogger

Mothering the Village: I Am a Mommy Blogger

I am a mommy blogger. And this is my son: I am a mommy blogger. He is also my child. And so are these children.¬† I am a mommy blogger. Mother first. Teacher always. Village at my feet. When I created this blog I really […]