Several months ago, a Native American educator reached out to us about the Yellow Level: Indigenous People of North America and Hawai’i program. She asked if I was open to feedback and I said yes. How could I not? I wrote this curriculum, not because I am an expert in the field, but because I wanted to help my children, and yours, to learn more than I was ever taught. So, I took the feedback as the gift that it was and got to work.
Reviews and Revisions
What did we change? First, we started with fixing some language issues; because using the best words possible matters. I didn’t know it at the time, but some of my original word choices were not accurate. So, we fixed them. And many of the suggested copy work items from the original version have been replaced with more authentic proverbs or quotes. We removed a few things that we found out were problematic. “When you know better, you do better” to quote Maya Angelou.
There was also room to teach even more about Native Americans. Some topics have more material available on YouTube than there was when I originally wrote this program several years ago. Some topics lent themselves to the exploration of new topics or perspectives. As a result, this new version has eight new videos and seven new hands-on activities.
And finally, we added six more books to the reading list. These new books are additional resources and are all by Native authors. We are committed to listening to and respecting Native American voices. To that end, we have chosen books and videos that are by Native Americans, doing our best to share with you resources from Native Americans who are speaking out and sharing their own story.
All in total, we’ve updated, overhauled, and added over 20 new things to the curriculum!
November is Native American Heritage Month. If you are looking for a way to teach your child this month, I hope you will consider this program! If you’ve already purchased it, you can download this updated version from your Downloads page.
About the Author
Laura Sowdon, OTR/L is an occupational therapist, writer, speaker, educator and creator of the Five Senses Literature Lessons homeschool curriculum. She has worked as an occupational therapist with children in public and private schools, as well as private practice. Laura has taught and managed homeschool co-ops as well as homeschooling her own three children. Laura is dedicated to the idea of educating children at a pace that aligns with brain and physical development milestones and respects neurodiversity in all its forms.