You Are Your Child’s First Teacher: First 5 LA Hall of Heroes
You are your child’s first teacher. From the day they are born, your child is growing and learning from you. Each time you sing, read or speak to your baby, you are teaching them — which positively impacts learning and success throughout life.
To help parents become the best first teachers possible, First 5 LA is offering ideas and activities focusing on learning about important historical figures: heroes! We will share about positive role models from the history of Los Angeles, California, and the United States — people who actively made a difference in the lives of others. We are excited to offer information, teaching ideas and fun activities to help you and your child learn, grow and be inspired!
To start, we are exploring the life of Cesar E. Chavez, whose birthday is celebrated as a national holiday on March 31.
First 5 LA Hall of Heroes: Cesar E. Chavez (March 31, 1927–April 23, 1993)
At a young age, Cesar Chavez began working alongside his parents in California, picking vegetables and fruits on large farms. It was very hard work, with low pay. They didn’t have fresh water to drink or bathrooms to use. People who worked on the farms weren’t treated with respect or dignity.
When he grew up, Cesar wanted to help the farm workers and other people who were treated unfairly. He taught people about their rights and how to vote to help change their communities. He helped farm workers get better pay and work conditions. He fought for them and other working people to be treated with more respect. He organized protests that weren’t violent, such as marches and boycotts (not buying things — like grapes — from farming companies that wouldn’t change the way they treated the people who worked for them). Through his efforts, farm workers and others began getting better pay and conditions.
Cesar Chavez was a great man who spent his life helping other people. He continues to serve as an example of courage and hard work in the fight for dignity, fairness and justice for all people.
Cesar E. Chavez Day Learning Activities:
Make a “Respect Book.” Cesar Chavez worked to help people feel dignity and respect. What do those things mean to you and your child? How can you show respect for other people? How can others show respect for you? Make a “Respect Book” with illustrations of ways to be kind and respectful.
Make a Cesar Chavez Day Fruit Salad: Cesar Chavez helped the people who work so that we can eat fruits and vegetables. With your child, make a fruit salad. Talk about the hard work involved in picking each fruit. Discuss the importance of the people who do farm work, and share why you are thankful for the food that you have to eat.
Read and Learn: Learn more about Cesar Chavez with these books:
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull, Illustrated by Yuyi Morales
This story of one of America's greatest civil rights leaders focuses on his childhood, how he always knew things needed to change and how he could make a difference. Ages 4–7.
Side by Side: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez by Monica Brown, Illustrated by Joe Cepeda
A bilingual retelling of the lives of activists Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. This beautifully illustrated book teaches children about the power of teamwork and how childhood experiences can lay the foundation for a bright future. Ages 4–8.
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