Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Great Book to Introduce the Topic of Prejudice in Our World
Teach Your Child How Our Differences Can Make Us the Same
Parents have a struggle now with what is happening on the news now and explaining these happenings to children. Even the youngest children encounter the news when their parents are watching on tv. What better time is there than now to begin the topic of how we are different and are still the same with your young children? It is never too early to begin teaching children to cope with prejudice and make a decision to get along with others.
Sesame Street has been helping parents of young children introduce hard topics for decades. This release of a cute board book is a great tool to introduce the topic of our differences and how we are the same. The characters of Sesame Street are still characters that young children love and having a book is an extra tool for them to learn about the topic of prejudice from a beloved source.
We're Different, We're the Same and We're All Wonderful portrays a variety of differences in people such as skin color, hair styles and color, and even our facial features. Brightly colored illustrations are cartoon-like and portray all of these differences that children will find in our society. These differences also make everyone the same. The text is written in simple words and uses a positive tone. Each illustration is detailed and young children will be engaged in finding the differences in people on each page. The tone of the text concludes with the idea that everyone is valuable and we are all wonderful creations.
We're Different, We're the Same And We're All Wonderful was published by Random House Kids and is recommended for ages 3-5. It has an ISBN of 978-0-593-37816-8.
Brightly Colored Illustrations to Engage Young Children in Discovering Differences in People
Activities to Engage Children in Recognizing Our Differences That Make Us Unique and Wonderful
I used picture books in my early childhood classroom to teach a variety of lessons and concepts. I always added a variety of hands-on activities to enhance the reading experience after reading a chosen book. There is a wealth of ideas to provide children with fun activities after reading We're Different, We're the Same And We Are All Wonderful. Gather these materials and begin teaching children that everyone is a valuable person. All people count.
*Call attention to the illustration from the book about the differences in our hair color and styles. How many different hair colors do the people in your family have? Have crayons and markers that represent different hair colors. Provide drawing paper for children to draw people with different hair colors.
*Call attention to the illustration from the book that portrays differences in skin color. Provide a variety of construction paper that now comes in skin colors. Trace your child's hand onto the paper that matches their skin color. Trace hands on other colors of the paper that represent the different skin colors that your child will encounter in their world. The handprints can be cut out and formed into a wreath joining hands for a decoration.
*Provide a box of crayons and markers that now come in colors that represent the variety of skin colors. Provide the opportunity for children to draw with these crayons and markers that come in different skin colors.
*Call attention to the illustration from the book that portrays the variety of eye colors and shapes in people. Provide an opportunity for children to observe the eyes of people in your family. You might provide an opportunity for children to notice the eyes of their friends. Provide magazines for children to cut pictures of eyes to make a collage of eye colors and shapes.
*Call attention to the illustration from the book that portrays differences in our bodies. This concept is especially important because children can be cruel when they encounter a friend who is overweight. It is never too early to teach children about bullying another child who is overweight.
*Call attention to the illustration that portrays the variety of feelings that we can have. It is never too early to teach children to recognize the emotions that we all feel and to learn compassion for others.
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