One of the most exciting things about starting the school year is meeting smiling faces that represent a variety of cultures. When welcoming students to a new classroom, it is important to encourage an appreciation of cultural diversity. While it is interesting to speak with children about their cultural backgrounds, it is also useful to welcome familial participation to gather such information. At the end of the first week of school, each student in our classroom completed a family connection activity titled “Who in the World Are You?” As you can see in the attachment, the children were asked to provide information about their family background. By asking students’ families to participate, it demonstrates a sense of mutual respect and understanding, as you are taking interest in understanding their culture. This also sets the tone for the appreciation of diversity, as each child is encouraged to feel accepted as they share about their heritage. The students took pride in telling others about their home culture, and posted the information with their picture around our world map, including the following details:
If I could go anywhere in the world, I would go to ____________________!
I believe that this activity really helped kickstart a celebration of cultural variety in our classroom, and will lead to a better understanding about the diversity of our world.
Check out our display in the attached photo. The following is posted right above the world map to highlight the connection to children’s rights:
All children have the right to a nationality, which means belonging to a country. – United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 7