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November 9, 2017

We Live in a Diverse World

Learning in very young children takes place through play, the active exploration of their environment and most importantly through interactions with the significant adults in their lives.  Families should use these experiences as teaching opportunities, especially when it comes to helping them understand and appreciate diversity.

On Tuesday night our Year Long Soar in 4 program continued at Ballard, Rogers Garden Bullock and Sea Breeze Elementary schools.  Our early learners attended with their families as our early learning teachers explored the concept of Diversity.

 At about the age of 2 children begin to notice gender and racial differences.  At the age of 2 ½ children learn gender labels (girl/boy) and the name of colors – which they begin to apply to skin color.  Around 3 years of age, children notice physical disabilities.  Around the age of 4 or 5 children start to display gender type play.

Children learn by watching what adults do, listening to what we say and observing how we interact with others.  Parents are their child’s most powerful influence.  We need to think about the behaviors we wish to see in our children and then model those behaviors.  We need to strive to raise children who respects differences.

During dinner our families used the  7 Dinner Questions to Get those Little Ones Laughing and Talking prompts.   Did you know that dinnertime conversations boots vocabulary even more than being read aloud too?

After dinner we watched Ms. Luanne’s Front Porch.  Ms. Luanne had friends Lieutenant John Murrell and Jacory  join her on this episode. They discussed a  community where embracing diversity and moving beyond tolerance to genuine acceptance and respect is not only a way of thinking and feeling – but most importantly, of acting.

After story times our families created individual portraits that celebrated their uniqueness. These individual masterpieces were attached to our Soar in 4 mural.  We will be submitting our work to be a visual art exhibit at Embracing Our Differences.  After playing Diversity Bingo our night was complete.  By helping our children to understand and respect similarities and differences, we will help them to realize they are each a wonderfully unique person.