How a Homeschool Family is Observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day

As a homeschool family, we try to learn about and observe all the special days. Whether it be National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, Earth Day, or Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we take a few moments to learn of each holiday’s history and find a few fun ways to incorporate these occasions into our day.

What is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day and when is it observed?

 MLK day is a federal holiday designated to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who fought relentlessly to protest racial discrimination in federal and state law.

 MLK day was signed into law by president reagan in 1983 to honor MLK. MLK day occurs on the third Monday of January each year.

Here are four free and easy ways our family will be learning about and observing MLK Day:

  1. We’ll start by learning a bit about the history of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. checking out a few of these resources:
  2. Listen to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.
  3. Next, we’ll read a book or watch a short video or two. Here are links to a few good ones:
  4. Use our creativity to make a craft or project. Here are a few ideas:

Don’t let learning more about this important day be limited to one day a year. Use this day to open doors to conversations with your family about equality, diversity, and civil rights on MLK day and the rest of the year.

MLK DayHow is your family honoring today? Please comment below!

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Hey! I'm Lyndsey one of the co-owners of Mid-Michigan Moms. I was born and raised in Omaha, NE and in my life before becoming a work/homeschool/stay-at-home mom was a critical care nurse and nurse educator. After unforgettable adventures in California and Texas, our family moved to my husband’s home state of Michigan. My husband, three kids, and a naughty yellow lab are now loving our chaotic, rural living-life. I love traveling, balancing no less than 12 DIY projects at once, chocolate, cooking, daiquiris, and a sunny day in the 70s at the lake.