Most of us have a day off work today. For some it is to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For all of us it is a chance to celebrate the inauguration of the political leader of our government, an event that happens every four years.
Yesterday, President Barack H. Obama took his Oath of Office. Today, he will take center stage for a ceremonial oath and a day of national celebration.
When we - and our kids - look around the world, the scenes are very different from our own. In so many countries the transition to a new leader is fraught with violence and death, particularly when opinions collide. Agree or disagree with the President's policies, we can freely express our thoughts. The transition is smooth and peaceful.
Days like today offer so many ways to engage with our kids, showing them ways that we use our literacy skills.
- Asking questions: do you know why President Obama took his Oath of Office on a Sunday?
- Listening to the ways he expresses his ideas through his Inauguration Speech.
- Sharing the ideas and actions of Dr. King's legacy.
- and so many more.
It is also easy to see what my Dad meant when he said "history is alive and all around us."
So however you spend the day - commemorating Dr. King's legacy, celebrating the second inauguration of President Obama - we hope you have some time to revel in the history with the kids in your lives.