Tag: Teaching kids inclusion

Preparing Children to Stand Up for Themselves and Others

It seems impossible to get through voluntary playground duty without witnessing a child running with tears streaming down his or her face at recess time. This day was typical with one glaring exception. Walking up alongside the teary-eyed child, I spotted an upstander taking action. A second-grade girl was beginning to cry in a group …

Safety and Caring First; Inclusion and Equity Plus Kindness Equals Learning

When ethnographer Angela Valenzuela spoke with immigrants in Texas – Mexican-American parents and students – and dug into the meaning of the Spanish word “educacion,” (in English: education) they understood it to mean “caring before learning.” 1 And that interpretation makes practical sense for any and all school communities. Children not only need to feel …

In “Kids Standard” – “Raising and Educating for Valuing Differences”

Kids Standard is a unique magazine in that kids are the primary authors. Educators and parents can learn much from children’s considered perspectives. Their mission is incredibly important. We empower children to become independent learners, critical thinkers and confident writers, by giving them abundant opportunities to showcase and improve their unheeded skills. We have a community …

Expanding the Circle: Teaching Children the Values and Actions of Inclusion

If it is his privilege to be independent, it is equally his duty to be inter-dependent. ― Mahatma Gandhi All children have to deal with and understand the paradox of separateness and connection, of individuality and belonging. In utero, babies have no sense of separation. They are physically connected to Mom through the very liquid …

Promoting Difference Appreciation – A Children’s Book for Summer Reading

Considering the recent tragedy in Orlando, Florida, I thought this book might be a helpful one to add to any family’s summer reading list. This wonderful book – “Made by Raffi” is about a boy who felt different and used his interests to positively contribute to the people around him. Our kids will all experience …