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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Black History Month and Dramatic Play
Courtesy of Clker.com
Black History Month would be a great opportunity to
talk with your students about each student’s hair and texture.
Begin by reading the book “I Love my Hair, by Natasha
Anastasia Tarpley. Then discuss the book with your students about
all the different hairstyles that the little girl put her hair in; discuss hair
textures, lengths and colors. Bring to circle time two pair of scissors, one
that is used to cut hair and the other that is used to cut paper. Wrap the blades
with tape for the hair scissors, so the students won’t get cut and it’s safe for
them to be handled; discuss scissor safety.
Turn your Dramatic Play Area into a beauty salon, barber
shop. If possible, provide students with wigs on their holders that has different hair textures,
colors and lengths, add combs and hair accessories so that the students can use them to experiment with. Provide aprons, gloves, old hair
dryers, flat irons with the cords removed and pretend scissors, you can make
them out of cardboard, don’t use the scissors from your art center, this will
only confused your students; sense you want them to understand that scissors in
the art center should be used for cutting paper only.
Next read the book Bippity, Bop
Barbershop, also written by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley .Talk
about the little boy’s first hair cut, have parents bring in pictures of their
son’s first hair cut, and have each boy share their picture with the class. You
can do this with the girls as well, but most African American girls don’t get
haircuts, so you can use that as a discussion piece also.
Bring to circle time, the scissors for paper and hair and hair
clippers, explain how each is used to cut different types of hair. Bring in
more hair pieces that represent boys’ hair, that are different colors, textures
and lengths. Add hair clippers, combs and hair picks to the Dramatic play area,
explain what each item is used for. (Be sure to remove the cords if any)
You can purchased wigs on their holders from a Discount
store, Thrift store or get them donated to your school by an organization or parents, you can
also use dolls, or doll heads. To make the dolls stand up, use a paper towel
stand, tape the dolls or head to the stand so that the doll and heads will
stand up, students will be able to work with them that way.
This is an Example of one, they are a variety of styles available
Did you know that different cultures have special times when
their child gets his first haircut? This would be a great time to implement it
into your curriculum. In my family, a boy can only get his haircut after he has turned one years old. Talk to your parents and see what their family traditions are.
I believe that if you allow students to understand each
other and have the opportunity to experiment with things that are different,
they learn not to fear the unknown and become more open to new situations and