I pray that you and your family are doing well. My son and I are doing well in Belize. While here, I’ve been volunteering at a clinic, homeschooling, working on my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, writing new books, and enjoying as much sunshine as possible. We also traveled back to Houston for the holidays to do some book signings and workshops for our home community. I’d like to commit more to blogging this year because I have sooo much to share, so hold me accountable to that, okay? Feel free to e-mail me through the contact page anytime with questions or blog topic requests. Your support is welcomed.
This February, I’d like to share some suggestions with you for how your children can make history instead of simply learning about it. Here are 10 ideas; choose one or more and get started right away.
1. Write a letter and/or video letter to an elected official about a topic of concern.
One of the major political concerns currently on the radar is the restriction of certain travelers entering the U.S. from 7 Asian and African countries, known colloquially as the Muslim Ban. Can your students(s) read about the nuances of this Executive Order, what measures have been taken to combat it, and how it relates to the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? Afterwards, can he/she/they write a well thought out open letter or open video letter to the President or key federal officials?
2. Make a commitment to environmentalism and inspire others to do the same.
Although current political happenings are quite frightening, the state of the environment globally and the effects of new environmentally neglectful/abusive legislation are much more dismaying, as they will affect the health and life spans of millions, if we cannot take positive action. Can your student(s) make a commitment to learn about what is taking place worldwide regarding the environment this year using internet research and be a personal ambassador for Mother Earth? Immediate steps to take are practicing “reduce, reuse, and recycle”. Your student(s) can also lead community clean up projects, DIY natural cleaning product workshops, and tree planting days. Maybe he/she/they can also secure donations of reusable bags from a local grocery store or company and distribute them in the community. Be an environmental history maker like Dr. Wangari Maathai.
3. Start a business.
My son’s entrepreneurship currently includes writing books and teaching technology classes. He is working on teaching online classes as well, and should have them launched by fall of 2017. What are your children passionate about? How can they turn that into a business? What are the needs of people in your neighborhood or social circle? How can your student(s) address those needs with a business? There are free online tutorials available for everything from photography to solar panel building to architectural design. Have your student(s) to commit to learning a skill and turning that skill into a viable business this Black History Month.
4. Design an invention.
What do George Washington Carver, Madame C.J. Walker, Lewis Latimer, and Sarah Boone have in common? All of them probably never heard of “Black History Month”, yet they made Black history. They were bold, curious, and creative enough to design tools to solve problems they saw in their daily lives, communities, or in the world. Have your student(s) brainstorm on problems in your household (i.e. too many shoes by the front door, popsicles don’t freeze fast enough, shower gets cold after 2 people shower, etc.), problems in your community, and/or problems in the world. After brainstorming problems, have him/her/them to conceptualize at least one invention to solve a problem. Then, draw and label a prototype. From there, if the invention is viable, your student(s) can 3D design and 3D print the prototype, apply for a patent, raise funds, and put it into production! Why not?
5. Plant a community herb garden.
With new challenges in healthcare availability, many are stressed about how they will access doctors. The good news is that many common ailments can be prevented or treated with nutrition and herbs. Can your student(s) make a commitment to learn about herbal medicine this month and then plant an herb garden that is 1.) labeled with the purpose of each herb and possible drug interactions, and 2.) open free or at a minimal cost to the community?
6. Get attuned to Reiki 1 or Ra Sekhi level one.
Another modality of natural health is energy healing. Even children can provide energy healing to themselves and their family, although I wouldn’t recommend that they provide it to a large number of people until they have a greater understanding of how to protect themselves and discard energies picked up during sessions. Seek out a Reiki or Ra Sekhi master in your local area or view an online class together to begin to learn more about the divine gift of energy healing. You can also purchase this book to study together, Ra Sehki Kemetic Reiki Level One (https://www.amazon.com/Ra-Sekhi-Kemetic-Reiki-Level/dp/1478172401).
7. Start a needed youth community organization.
Does your community need a youth soccer team to stay fit or a nutrition club to make healthy smoothies and veggie burgers together? What about a Mother Earth club with regular meetings to address neighborhood environmental issues? Your student(s) can be the creators of a needed youth organization and even secure free space at a school, church, park, etc. to have regular meetings.
8. Solve a problem that affects 5 or more people in your neighborhood.
Does it get cold in your area? Do elders in the community need blankets or space heaters when it’s cold? Does it flood in your area? Could residents benefit from a meeting to create a community flood plan including coupons for free swim classes sponsored by a local organization? Can your student(s) think of an issue that affects 5 or more people in your neighborhood and conceptualize/implement a solution for it such as the ones above? It is entirely possible.
9. Start a valuable campaign.
People independently start inspirational or problem-solving campaigns all the time, such as Alicia Keys’ No Makeup Movement to support natural beauty and self-love or Dr. Wangari Maathai’s Green Belt Movement to plant tree and support women’s economic empowerment. Can your children start a valuable campaign in your area, nationally, or globally, such as a Drink Water campaign, Eat Fruit Daily campaign, Change Your Oil Every Three Months campaign, Bike to Work campaign or other beneficial movement? Brainstorm, create a slogan, design a flyer, and then push that movement!
10. Write and publish your first book.
Do your children love to write poetry, fiction, or non-fiction? Do you have a natural artist, fact-finder, imaginative dreamer, or creative genius in your household? Now, with the power of self-publishing tools such as CreateSpace or Smashwords, your little superstar(s) can become published authors! Keep in mind that you can utilize public domain images to simplify the internal image(s)/cover design process. Research the self-publishing process and get started today! Make history!
Thank you for reading. Please comment on which step your student(s) will take this month to make history. Love and light from my family to yours.