Young children are so eager to share in each new experience and so willing to accept the wonderful differences in our world. Children are excited to learn about how we are all the same in many ways, but how each person is also unique and special.
Preschool children begin to notice differences among people…some are short and others are tall, some have blue eyes and others brown..they notice skin color, eye shapes and hair color. Diversity also encompasses children’s individual interests and capabilities, cultural differences, age and gender difference and language differences.
As children are discovering these differences, it is important to embrace the diversity in the classroom setting as it helps the children feel content in who they are and helps them feel valued.
A young child who learns to embrace diversity will embrace this concept as an aspect of life that they value. Preschoolers love to learn songs and dances from other cultures and sing and count in different languages. They enjoy activities that help them think about and discuss the concept of fairness, as this is a familiar issue for young children. It is especially rewarding for children to learn about the culture and language of one of their classmates and their families.
St. Paul’s United Methodist Preschool is proud to be a place where all children are celebrated and valued.