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Introducing and Teaching Diversity to Our Children

Diversity is understanding that everyone is unique in their own way. It is important for us as parents to begin teaching our children to respect and recognize that everyone is alike, but also different. How can we introduce diversity to our children at such a young age? By providing them with real life experiences, reading them storybooks, and encouraging them to ask questions.

Here are two great examples of diversity books being read aloud. The first video is geared more towards ages 0-3; and the second video for ages 3-5.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0J6tKoT53y

**If your child is old enough, pause the video periodically and allow them to simply tell you what they notice. See if they ask you any questions that may strike up a conversation. Point out some similarities and differences together. Note: You could always mute the video and read it to your child yourself.

Here are a few more diversity book ideas:

Post Reading Activity:
Make a diversity hat together! There are two printing options: Print in color (for younger children) or black and white for older children who would like to color it themselves. Attach a string and tie around your child’s head. Enjoy this fun activity while knowing that you’re making a difference in how your child views diversity.

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About Author: Jen Speer

Jen was born and raised in Carrollton, TX. As a former 2nd grade teacher, she is now a stay-at-home mom raising her two beautiful daughters, Madeline (3yo) and Charlotte (1yo). She joined the CECPTA in February 2019 and is part of the purple and green playgroups. She enjoys date nights with her husband of 8 years, playing outside with her kids, exercising, a good cup of coffee, and traveling.