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Celebrating Diversity


Being surrounded by people who don't speak your language is an intimidating experience. Not being able to express yourself can be lonely and discouraging as well as dangerous if an emergency occurs. In this workshop we explore the things we can do to ease the integration of a child who speaks a different language.




How would you help a child who speaks a different language to communicate his needs? How can you help him warm up to other children? What problems do you think could arise?


Field Visit

What are other sources of comfort? Is food something you would consider a comfort to someone? What are the connections between food and culture?


Follow-up Discussion

How can you use cooking to help familiarize children with different cultures? What cultures have influenced your cooking?


Activity: Family Portrait Book

Here's your chance to think about how to apply what you've learned. What would be the benefits of a family portrait for sharing culture or making a child feel included? How would you start the activity? What would you need? How would you get the children interacting?

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"Tips on Dealing with Diveristy: A Self-Assessment" (597K)
"Tips on Providing an Environment that Supports All Children" (762K)
"Tips on How to Make Every Child Feel Valued" (596K)
Language Poster (457K)
Family Portrait Book (391K)
Family Collage Poster (336K)
We Are Alike and We are Different (514K)


Related Episodes
Child of a Different Language
Family Differences


Active Learning Tips
Here are some tips to get you started:
Keep questions handy as you watch. Use them as a guide to taking notes
Review questions before viewing as a reminder of what you want to learn.
Ask yourself what you would have said if you were a panel member on the show.
Use questions after viewing to reflect on what you currently do and how you might integrate perspectives or ideas from the program.
Tape a show and watch it more than once using different questions each time to focus on different kinds of information.
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