EDUCATING KIDS ABOUT LABOR DAY
It’s actually ironic to think that despite being a holiday marked to remember American workers, it was a workday when retail employees had to go through a tough time. So, instead, of thinking to shop at outlets down the street, think it wise to spend some time with your family members and educate little ones about Labor Day. Ensure that you as a parent can speak about the importance of Labor Day.
Even when adults think that is not essential to explain the existence of Labor Day, there are many reasons why you should discuss Labor Day with your kids. Little ones would learn from the moral of the story and would realize that teamwork is required for accomplishing results. It’s the power of collective actions that drive the approach rather than the role of an individual who works alone. It’s not us but a well-known professor who had earlier spoken the aforementioned sentences in an email interview.
There are many books which would help your little ones learn about Labor Day. Visit the Labor Day sale or the nearest bookstore for searching ‘Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type’, a book written by Doreen Cronin. This book contains photographs to aid toddlers to comprehend the message that the story is trying to convey. It speaks about a farmer and his animals. They actually start thinking when it’s time to hand over blankets when it’s a freezing cold weather. The plot starts with the cow denying to offer milk and the hens to deliver eggs because of the conditions. At the end, children understand that the power is actually ignited when a group of animals comes together. It’s nothing when compared with humans.
In addition to the earlier book, check out the 2013 paperback, ‘Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909’ which grabbed the first position in the ‘Best Jewish Children’s Books of the Year’ list. It’s a true story of Clara Lemlich, a teenager who shows concern towards the security of workplaces for all the workers. Despite being hauled to jail time and again, she never lost her courage and she fought for justice ceaselessly.
For kids who are mature enough to read between the lines, hand over a copy of ‘Fire at the Triangle Factory, by Holly Littlefield’. This book speaks about the incidents of Triangle Fire and the labor movement. It’s all about throwing light on how a Jew and an Italian escaped a hurdle when they knew what the consequences might be. Yet another book your kids might love reading is ‘Rosie in New York City’ which narrates about an 11-year-old kid who is determined to pace ahead in life. In New York, the girl has to deal with adverse conditions when her mom falls ill and she is the one to take over at the garment factory in contrast to her aged father. Situations grow serious when she has to go against her father and face strikers. Nothing about this book would upset your kid, but would surely teach little ones that they studying in a school rather than working at an early stage in the factory. You might find the book with amazing Labor sale offer.
Finally, regardless of the age of your child, explain Labor Day by telling them about the conditions for which the workers fought while working 12 x 7 continuously without adequate breaks. Do find it easy to speak about Jews who strived for the exploitation of the workers.