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Greetings!

My name is Nikala Asante and I am a homeschooling mom.  I started this site because as I was searching for homeschooling resources, I noticed that the amount of support and materials for African American parents is much less than those for everyone.

This is problematic because as African Americans, we have cultural speficities regarding our childrens’ educations.  For instance, we want lesson plans that are significantly diverse so that our children can learn about their history and also see their image in a variety of disciplines such as Literature, Math, Science, Art, Music, etc…  As we know, Black contributions are not limited to Civil Rights.

And these lesson plans are out there!  There are units, downloadable books, photographs, audio & video clips, and much more available online regarding Black history and culture from all over the world.  However, this information can be tricky to find because it is labeled under “Humanities” on one site and under “African Diaspora” on another.  You would almost have to be a professional researcher to dig everything up that you can benefit from.

The intention of this site is to compile much of the wealth of information available for Black homeschoolers in one place.  Of course, new data is being shared everyday.  I invite you to send in what you discover so that I can post that as well.

Together, we can make home education a more culturally sensitive and rewarding experience for our children.

All Best,

Nikala Asante

blackhomeschoolmom@gmail.com

Nikala Asante is a mother, college student, martial artist, yoga lover, poet, painter, and vegan who enjoys sunlight, Africana studies, and working with children.

8 Comments

  • thehomeschoolmomblog

    Welcome! I wish you the best with your new blog and I hope that you will find the resources that you seek, as well as provide them for others.
    I look forward to reading about what you find, so that in turn I might be able to use them to share with my children the history of the world and the vast peoples that contribute to our future.

    • nikalaasante

      Hello homeschoolmom,

      Thank you for reading and commenting. Please keep me posted on resources that you discover as well. I left a response to the comment below that included the names of some of the books that we use for History. Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer is our everyday History book. It is culturally diverse and includes all the peoples of the world. I look forward to sharing with you and learning from you.

      All Best,

      Nikala

  • sage_brush

    Hello, Nikala!

    Looking forward to reading about your adventures. We are not a black family, but I can share with you what our curriculum was like – which we used successfully for over 25 years. A Beka Academy was very well rounded – with complete, real history study (not revisionist history) focusing alternate years on world history and American history.

    Book reports on famous Christians were required in every grade level, and black Christians such as George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington were studied in depth. (as a peanut butter addict, let me just say that George Washington Carver is my personal hero!) Black scientists and doctors are given full attention. People of all kinds are featured in illustrations – not just whites.

    Many of the poems by Phillis Wheatley were also required memorization. My kids also learned a great deal about Benjamin Banneker and Frederick Douglass – far more than their friends in government school did. As far as African studies, the focus was largely on the missionary activities there over the past couple centuries, (David Livingstone, George Grenfell, etc.) the slave trade (which is still going on!) and Egypt’s and Ethiopia’s role in the Bible, and for older grades, careful study of the current political situations with geography and natural history, flora and fauna. For example, my daughter’s friend (a educational grad student) had no idea that Liberia was founded by American freed slaves, but my kids all learned that in fifth grade. ( And she is going to be teaching high school! )

    It is very easy to check out their materials cost free at one of the meetings that pop up all over the country. http://www.abeka.com/MaterialsDisplay/Default.aspx

    But this curriculum is very heavy on the KJV Bible – it appears in every subject, even math, so if that is not your way, you may not like it.

    I hope this helped a little! 🙂

    • nikalaasante

      Hello Sage Brush,

      Thank you so much for your well thought out and detailed comment. I appreciate you sharing the link to A Beka’s materials with me. I will take a look.

      As far as African American history, we study a wide array of contributors in all fields: activism, literature, math, science, architecture, astronomy, music, and so on…

      For African studies, we have perused Jawanza Kunjufu’s series, Lessons from History, Patricia McKissack’s non-fiction (she also writes great fiction for children), i.e. Ghana, Mali, and Songhay, Khepra Burns’ Mansa Musa to name a few.

      We also do daily reading from Susan Wise Bauer’s Story of the World. It is a wonderful series because it includes African history from ancient times to the modern age as well as the history of Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The stories within the 4 book series are also fun reading! Also, there is an activity book available for each book in the series.

      Thank you again for reading and sharing and please continue to visit and share your insights with me.

      All Best,

      Nikala

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