Teach Kids About the Life & Legacy of Nelson Mandela

On December 5, we mourned the loss of world-famous politician and civil rights hero Nelson Mandela, who died at the age of 95. Mandela, South Africa’s founding father, was a symbol of compassion, courage and commitment.  He spent 27 years in prison because of his work to end racial segregation in his home country. Mandela was a great example of the change we can make with unwavering strength, faith and wisdom, and today’s youth could learn many things from his life and legacy.

Ways to teach kids about the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela


Here is a list of 10 great resources to teach kids about Nelson Mandela:

  • Nelson Mandela Foundation | A great resource for preparing lessons on Nelson Mandela.
  • Remembering Nelson Mandela – Nelson Mandela biographies | Scholastic Parents: grades 1-2; grades 3-5; grades 6-8
  • Nelson Mandela: 1918-2013 | TIME for Kids:  Read the Nelson Mandela biography and view a slideshow of his life.
  • Mandela – History app | iTunes: Discover the story of Nelson Mandela through fun educational games.
  • Teaching Nelson Mandela | Education Week Teacher: See a compiled list of resources for bringing Mandela into the classroom.
  • Nelson Mandela | BBC – Primary History: Learn more about Mandela through biographies, photos, videos, activities, quizzes, and more.
  • Apartheid | BrainPOP Educators: Watch a movie on apartheid to discover Mandela’s fight to end racial segregation in South Africa.
  • Nelson Mandela | Picture Book Biography by Kadir Nelson: The life of Nelson Mandela is illuminated and celebrated through words and paintings.
  • Nelson Mandela quotes | BrainyQuote: Visualize Mandela’s life and legacy through inspirational quotes and sayings.
  • Tribute to Nelson Mandela | ABC News: Kids from around the world say what Mandela means to them over John Lennon’s “Imagine.”

Would you like to add any resources to the list? Share below!

10 Books to Teach Children About Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a time when everyone reflects on the many things for which they are grateful, such as family, good health, job, etc. However, studies show there are benefits to expressing gratitude year-round. An attitude of gratitude yields positive emotions, like joy and happiness, and can lead to improved relationships and greater physical health. During the holiday season, children may have the tendency to become self-centered and focus more on themselves than others. Check out the following 10 books for children to help foster a sense of gratitude that will remain long after the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Thanks a Million by Nikki Grimes and teaching children about gratitudeThanks a Million by Nikki Grimes, grades 1 – 5. Through a collection of 16 thoughtful poems, young children learn the importance of being thankful for everyday things.
  • The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings by Mike Berenstain, grades k – 3. Children can ride along with the Bear family on Thanksgiving Day as Brother and Sister learn about all the things everyone can be thankful for, such as faith, family and the huge holiday feast.
  • Andy and the Lion by James Henry Daugherty , grades k – 2. This retelling of Androclus and the Lion delivers a simple message of the power of gratitude.
  • Giving Thanks by Jake Swamp, grades k – 2. Based on the Thanksgiving Address of the Iroquois people, this version provides insight on the Native American tradition of greeting the world each morning by giving thanks to all living things. The Thankful Book teaching children about gratitude
  • The Thankful Book by Todd Parr, grades preschool – 1. This book hones in on the little things children can be thankful for, from reading and bath time to family celebrations and quality time with parents.
  • Gratitude Soup by Olivia Rosewood, grades k – 3. Perfect for teaching children about gratitude with fun and play, this rhyming, colorful picture book combines collage and watercolors as Violet the Purple Fairy tells her own story of cooking with gratitude.
  • The Blue Daisy: A Lesson in Gratitude by Stacie Theis, grades k – 2. Filled with bright, colorful illustrations, The Blue Daisy delivers a simple message about gratitude and appreciation for what one has. Bear Says Thanks teaching children about gratitude
  • Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland, grades preschool – 4. Written as a celebration of family, friends, and the Thanksgiving holiday, this book encourages children to reflect on what they’re most thankful for during the holidays.
  • Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson, grades preschool – 3. In this playful and imaginative tale of family and friendship, young children will receive a great lesson on sharing and gratitude.
  • Secret of Saying Thanks by Douglas Wood, grades preschool – 3. This inspirational book teaches children about reflection and the importance of gratitude.

What are some ways that you teach your children about gratitude?