I can’t wait for summer. We had so much fun last year catching bugs and finding flowers and leaves and learning things about where we live. We spent hours in the backyard and the park. We grew flowers and built sand castles and played in water every chance we had. We visited with our neighbours and talked to them when they walked by or when they brought their brand new puppies over. It was an exciting several months!
Recently though, I have been feeling challenged to have us all start to talk to the children about people and cultures that are in other parts of the world. There is so much more than our backyard to learn about! Last Friday we found this amazing “glowing globe” that invites the children to play ever so nicely. The first few days that it was out, it was just kind of there. The children didn’t know what it was, and were not really that interested in it. However, as books and pictures and other ideas were slowly added to it, all of a sudden it became a fun place to play! This morning when I got in to work, the teachers had made these little puppets that the children can match to where they live in the world and now everyone wants to see where in the world different people are from.
With all of the events that have been happening lately in the world, I think that it is more important than ever to teach the children (and remember for ourselves) that the way someone looks or where they come from really doesn’t matter at all. We all look different from each other and have unique personalities, ideas, and languages, and we want to celebrate that! If we can do this right from the start, perhaps our children will have richer relationships as well as a deeper sense of acceptance and belonging in this great country and world that we live in.
If any parents have anything from home that you would like to bring in (like family pictures or dolls or books) please let us know if you would like to share those things with us for a little bit! We’d love to learn more about your child and your family!