Every week we give you the resources to have family time that’s easy, educational and fun for everyone! Each family time includes a quote or story, conversation starters and an activity. If you want to share your family time with us, tell us about it here. In the meantime, try this week’s family time below:
Start by telling the story of Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in Space.
Reaching your dreams
Mae Jemison was born on October 17, 1956, in Decatur, Alabama. Her father Charlie Jemison, was a roofer and carpenter, and her mother Dorothy (Green) Jemison, was an elementary school teacher.
Mae had big dreams. She dreamed of becoming a doctor and a dancer, but wasn’t sure which one she should go to school for. Mae’s mom told her, ”You can always dance if you’re a doctor, but you can’t doctor if you’re a dancer.”
After she heard this advice, Mae went to school to become a doctor (but kept dancing on her own). School wasn’t easy for Mae, but she didn’t give up. After receiving her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1981 at Cornell Medical College, she joined the Peace Corp and later applied for NASA.
Again, NASA wasn’t easy but Mae never gave up. She became the first African-American woman in space.
When asked about achieving dreams Mae said, “First of all, understand that sometimes other people won’t have the same vision of you that you have of yourself. Don’t accept other people’s limitations as being reality. Also, understand that you have as much right as anyone else to be in this world, and to be in any profession you want. That’s the most important thing – you don’t have to wait for permission.”
Discussion questions: How can you and your family reach for the stars?
Who helped Mae achieve her dreams?
What did her mom mean when she said Mae could dance if she was a doctor, but not the other way around?
What are your dreams?
What small goals can you make to reach your dreams?
What goals should we make as a family to support each other to reach our dreams?
Space night — with glow in the dark bubbles
This is an easy, fun activity that’s best done outside.
What you’ll need:
Break the glow stick to make it glow
Cut open the already glowing glow sticks
Dump the liquid into the bubbles
Mix the liquid and the bubbles
- Blow the bubbles
BONUS: make it a game — see who can pop the most, or catch the bubbles (use a slotted spoon to catch the bubbles without them popping).
What you’ll need:
Fruit (strawberries, grapes or blueberries work well)
Red string or streamers
Find a fruit that is shaped like a triangle (or cut a piece of fruit into a triangle)
Load up the sticks with fruit (leaving the triangle piece at the top)