Speaking Point: As families begin to prepare their children for the start of a new school year, it is typical for moms and dads to worry about how their child will be accepted by peers. That is especially true today since our classrooms reflect a more global society whether through different cultures, foods, languages or traditions. As a result, a child’s challenge of acceptance, admiration and inclusion becomes even more complex, not only impacting the youngster’s perception of self, but also of his or her classmates.
To address these issues, author Carol Marshall encourages early childhood educators to talk with the children about their cultural differences through the use of multicultural literature. The uniqueness of Beyond Basic Learning, with children representing over 20 different countri
Speaking Point: As an Early Childhood educator, I have send children begin to battle with the concept of who is my friend and who is not my friend as early as 3 years of age.
Speaking Point: As an educator, I remember a child not wanting to sit next to a teacher because she considered her overweight.
Speaking Point: Another child seeing that her friends lunch was different from hers, refused to eat the food her mother provided because she wanted to be like the others. She was only 4 years of age.
Speaking Point: As early as three years old, I overheard a girl say to another girl that she was not her friend because she was not coming to her house to play.
Speaking Point: Innocent comments by children at times seen as cute and not taken seriously by adults can have repercussions on how a child sees themselves. Often times discussing these issues with a child can be found difficult and frustrating. However, when a child sees children books closely depicting their own emotions, they are more likely to open up and have the dialogue.