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Exploring Culture Through Children’s Eyes

Educators can provide many opportunities for children to interact with other cultures within the walls of their classrooms. The more exposure to other cultures they have, the more children will acknowledge these similarities and differences; this will help them to become open-minded and accepting of others. One way to bring other cultures closer to young children is through natural and meaningful activities they enjoy engaging with in their daily lives. People in every culture in the world have their childhood songs, rhymes, stories and games, and so a good starting point is to integrate elements from traditional children’s culture that may be familiar in their own context.

Prevent Bullying by Embracing Differences Through the Art of Storytelling

Starting from the earliest age, we can show children that everyone is different in some way and difference is a part of life. Everyone has things that make them unique — be it skin color, hair texture, body shape, gender, temperament, religious beliefs, ethnic or cultural background, and more. We do this in the early years by modeling an appreciation for individual differences through our attitudes, emotions, behaviors, and body language. Storytelling is also a great way to teach children about the importance of celebrating differences. 

Early Childhood Matters

The 2023 edition of Early Childhood Matters launched by the Bernard Van Leer Foundation is here and it's all about wellbeing. This year's issue explores the challenges that parents and caregivers face in raising children, and the urgent need for better support systems.

Autism Awareness Month

April is World Autism Month, a time when we commit to learning more and working together to create a kinder, more inclusive world for people with autism. Every April, Autism Speaks Canada leads a global effort to increase understanding and acceptance - and their website is a great place to find information and resources!

Taking Steps Toward Cultural Competence Through Meaningful Conversations

When we think about representing diversity in classrooms, we often think about including community helper accessories with disabilities in block areas, cloth dolls with various skin tones in the housekeeping areas, and plastic chop suey and pizza in the pretend kitchens. But do these efforts to add diverse materials to classrooms qualify as “adding diversity” to the curriculum? Because ways of caring for and interacting with children are culturally determined, exploring staff beliefs about teaching and caring for children is an important part of developing cultural competence. So, how can busy CNC leaders engage more meaningfully with the experiences and stories of staff, families, and children to understand the way culture and language influence ways of thinking, being, and learning?

12 Spring Traditions Around the World

Spring is a time of rebirth, renewal, and warm-weather activities. Baby animals are born, flowers bloom, and families around the world welcome spring with their own traditions. Through food, festivals, and various activities, the spring celebrations are endless. Here’s a list of how 12 different countries welcome spring.

Rocking and Rolling. Nurturing Infants and Toddlers with Diverse Language Experiences

Recent research has provided a lot more information about the ways infants and toddlers experience two or more languages. When it comes to processing speech sounds and language, infant brains are surprisingly sophisticated! It is important to support all languages in an infant or toddler’s life to build relationships with them and help them learn. Even if you are not fluent in a child’s home language, there are many ways to provide linguistically responsive support and care. It’s helpful to partner with families from the moment they enroll in a program. 

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