How To Explain Juneteenth To Children

How do we talk to our youngest kids about Juneteenth, especially now that it’s a formalized holiday? What’s the most age-appropriate framing? For answers, I talked to two elementary teachers at Watertown’s JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School. Naomi Greenfield is a second grade teacher at JCDS, and Nikki Cohen teaches first grade. The pair worked together on a variety of Juneteenth lessons.

If you’re wondering how to talk about Juneteenth with your kids, they have ideas.


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