I believe that we can change the world through early childhood education. If you think it can't be done, think again. The opportunity is more than just a dream. By rough estimates, uniting the parents, teachers, and children will give us 25 million people in the United States to work with.
Since new brain research is telling us that the roadmaps of the brain are being formed during the first few years of life, to the tune of a million synapses per second, focussing on the early years only makes sense. (Harvard Center for the Developing Brain).
So where do we start? That's a good question but we have to start somewhere. Here are a few of my best tried and true methods for providing young children with antiblame, antibias and antibullying experiences that help them grow up inclusive.
Here are some ideas for musical experience starting with a letter to parents introducing our goals
It’s our goal at ___________ to include each other and celebrate who we are! In an effort to get to know everybody a little bit better, we’d like to ask for some help with musical activities for the month of _____________.
Think about what types of music you enjoy in your household. It might be dance music, cultural music or just plain fun. We’ll be asking you to sign up and send your favorite (family friendly, non-explicit) dance music in and we’ll feature it and your child on one particular day.
Look for the sign up material in your email w/more details. We want to celebrate who you are together!
The Teachers and Staff at __________________
Bathing Babies https://www.ecrocks.org/post/bathing-dollies
Twinkle, Twinkle in Japanese, Spanish and English
Fe Fi Fo Fum
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