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Teaching Preschoolers about Women’s History Month

Posted on 03-08-2017

Women’s History Month is an annual, month-long celebration in March for the countless female history-makers that have left an impact on the United States—and continue to do so today—but how do you teach it to preschool children?

The celebration of women’s history began as “Women’s History Week” in 1978 in Sonoma County, California. Nearly a decade later, in 1987, congress declared that women’s history be celebrated for an entire month, and March officially became Women’s History Month.

Why Women’s History Month?

It is important to acknowledge and celebrate Women’s History Month for countless reasons. Young women and girls gain confidence and high self-esteem, and young men and boys learn to respect women as equals. Amelia Earhart, the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, and Rosa Parks, an African-American civil rights activist who fought for equality, are just two of many powerful women who have made history and fought for the freedom and respect of women in the United States.

In addition to amazing women like Amelia Earhart and Rosa Parks are thousands of unexpected everyday females who continue to make history. For example, Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to fly to space in June of 1963, and Alice Stebbins Wells was the first American-born female police officer in the United States. These heroic everyday women set the ultimate example for young girls all over the world, which is why Women’s History Month is so important.

How to Celebrate

If you’re looking for a few ways to celebrate Women’s History Month in your home, consider sitting down with your preschool children to create a scrapbook or poster of all the important women in your children’s lives.

Or, try writing personal letters to the female role models that your children look up to. Grandmothers, teachers, aunts—there are plenty of opportunities for your kiddos to show some love to the spectacular women in their lives.

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