Our Multicultural World

by Judy Mullican

Preschoolers with teacher sitting at table in classroomThe days are rapidly disappearing when all the children in a child care setting share the same culture and language. Families often move from one part of the country to another or from one country to another to find work. Other families move to new places to find a safer environment, to participate in educational opportunities, or for other reasons. When children enter child care or educational settings in their new communities, they can face many challenges:

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Celebrate Grandparents!

by Cora Miller

Grandma and Grandpa, Nana and Papa, or whichever names your family uses for grandparents, are very special people. Warm hugs, sweet treats, and lots of love are just a few of the great things grandparents offer to us. Some of my fondest memories as a child include being spoiled by my grandparents. My siblings and I had sleepovers at their house, received new toys, had candy and ice cream treats (probably not approved by Mom and Dad), and we were always laughing and smiling!

Visit with children about the role their grandparents play in their lives. Keep in mind each child’s situation; some children may not have grandparents, or may not have regular contact with them. In that case, adapt these ideas to celebrate any other special adults in the child’s life. Here are some fun ways to honor and celebrate Grandparents Day:

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Using Fabric for Fabulous Pretend Play

by Katie Brazerol

As providers, it’s important to teach children about the world around us. However, it is not always realistic for us to think that all children will feel icy cold snow, step in the ocean, or experience a jungle safari. That means it’s up to providers to give children a taste of the elements and experience cultures outside of their own. One great (and fairly inexpensive!) way to do this is to raid the fabric aisle at your local craft store.

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Do Cultural Holidays Belong in Your Child Care?

by Katie Brazerol

As the holidays approach, many child care providers struggle with the question, “Which holidays should I include in my setting?” The U.S. contains a wonderful mix of races, ethnicities, and cultures. Because of this, we are learning about more and more holiday traditions and customs beyond Santa and his eight reindeer. Many providers wonder how much cultural diversity they should provide in their settings, and how much is too much.

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