Techniques on how to build a sense of community that honors the diversity

  • Techniques on how to build a sense of community that honors the diversity

    Posted by Irene on September 7, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    Suggest techniques on how to build a sense of community that honors the diversity represented in our classrooms

    Faith replied 5 months ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Stephanie Miranda

    September 23, 2022 at 4:50 pm

    1. Family newsletters! I use Canva, Google Slides, and MS Office usually.

    2. LOTS of pictures. LOTS of fun art projects, Maintaining balance of working kid photos and “happy kid” photos

    3. Clear, consistent communication in the partnering family’s home language.

  • Erin Robb

    September 24, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    1) Making your classroom family friendly (i.e. having pictures of different cultures, asking families for photos)

    2) Asking families if they are alright educating me on their culture, so that I might intergrate into my curriculum.

    3) Asking families if they might be willing to come and show the class something that is important to them about their culture.

  • Zacaria

    October 6, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    1. Post pictures in classroom, bring cultural snacks from each student!

    2. Stay connected with family and learn about them and their traditions!

  • Danielle

    November 11, 2023 at 7:30 pm

    I love to make sure that there are lots of culturally diverse posters/pictures/decor in the classroom. Also making sure that the toys & interactive elements of the classroom are diverse as well such as the play food in the kitchen, clothing in dramatic play, etc.

    My son’s school this year asked each family before the school year started what holidays or traditions they celebrate as a family which is such a great way to make sure that you are then including that in your classroom celebrations throughout the year.

    You could do a special show & tell where each student gets to bring in a special item to share with the class that represents a favorite celebration or holiday that their family partakes in.

    My last preschool center would do an annual family culture night where families could bring a favorite dish or meal from their home country & we would have a giant school-wide potluck where you get to try different dishes from all across the world & it was always one of our most favorite days of the year.

  • Faith

    November 11, 2023 at 8:34 pm

    I like to start the year with an “all about me” form for parents to fill out with their children so I can get a general picture of how they like to spend their time and some traditions they may have.

    I also stay away from holiday specific celebrations and do more seasonally themed events.

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