Thursday, July 30, 2020

"My Hair is a Garden" PBS Race & Diversity Book Series from Morgan Count...

"Miss Tillie says it's not what you start with in the garden that matters. It's the CARE, TIME, and ATTENTION you give it. My hair is a garden, and I give it LOVE."

(Book 8 of 13). The Morgan County Partnership's Positive Action SEL and Wellness Programs present "My Hair is a Garden" written and illustrations by Cozbi A. Cabrera. From PBS, "When Mack gets teased and taunted at school about her unruly hair, she turns to her neighbor Miss Tillie for comfort and help. To help Mack learn to care for her hair — and appreciate herself — Miss Tillie uses the metaphor of her lush garden to show Mack the many kinds of beauty and all the nurturing they require."

"Hairstyles and how hair is cared for and adorned can convey powerful messages about a person’s identity, beliefs, and lifestyle. How you wear your hair can tell a lot about you as a person—and there are a lot of different ways to wear your hair! It’s important to celebrate one another for those differences and appreciate the person for who they are whether they have straight hair, curly hair, wear a hijab, or dreadlocks."

* Mack was bullied because her hair is different. Have you or anyone you know ever experienced bullying based on how you look?
* Miss Tillie is a neighbor and ally to Mack. What does it mean to be a good neighbor? What Positive Actions do you see from good neighbors?
* Now, give examples on how you can be a good neighbor and friend to those being bullied.
* Just like people, hair is DIVERSE. How is your hair like a garden?

Invite local hairstylists and barbers with experience with all types of hair to read My Hair Is a Garden and related titles then discuss with students how to care for different types of hair. Celebrate everyone’s hair with:

* photographs of the diverse hairstyles in your class/school made into a collage
* a book created by students that defines and illustrates the hairstyles worn in your school/community
* a Wacky Hair Day that encourages students to express themselves creatively.

Questions for Discussion or Reflective Writing
What do you find beautiful?

Mack wants to get better at taking care of her hair. What is one thing you would like to get better at? Share your plan and timeframe for doing it.

What does it mean to be a neighbor? Share ideas for things people can do to get to know each other.

Have you or anyone you know ever experienced bullying based on how you look?

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