They Have a Dream

The girls had Monday off from school, but I wanted it to be more than a long weekend.  I feel it’s important to understand why we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every year, we observe the holiday by watching Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.  Then, we discuss it and follow it up with a writing activity.  When I saw this MLK writing activity floating around Pinterest, I thought it would be a great extension to our usual MLK activities.

After we watched the speech, we discussed what Dr. King’s dream was for our country.  Did Dr.King’s dream become a reality?  Are all people treated equally today?  What’s your dream? 

When Emmalynn said her dream was to be a pony, I realized I needed to clarify the question, “What’s your dream?”  I explained to Emmalynn, “It’s not a dream that you have when you sleep.  It’s a hope for the future of the world or for others.”

What’s your dream for the community or the world?  

She understood the difference and wrote a wonderful response.

“My dream is to help the world.  I would help people by making sure that they have homes, families and don’t get separated.”

I love Allana’s dream too.


Aren’t they beautiful girls with big, beautiful dreams for the world?  And speaking of beautiful girls, my niece, Meghan, joined us for our MLK fun.  You can read about Meghan’s dream here.


  1. Michelle @ one crafty mama says:

    I was on FB on MLK day and a few people were complaining that by giving kids a holiday on this birthday that they aren’t learning who he is. I disagree. My girls know who MLK is and what is message was all about. It is pretty obvious that yours do as well. 🙂

    Are you on Pinterest?

  2. jagelees says:

    What a wonderful exercise to do with your children. I really loved how Allana was so thoughtful in her dream. Not just that people will have money, but that they’ll use care with it!

  3. SarahinSC says:

    Oh my goodness! This is so cool! What thoughtful things they said. They will love to read over this when they’re older!

    I’m glad you liked my map project. You could totally do a UK and US. That’d be so cool!

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