Our Multicultural World: How to teach our children to appreciate all Cultures and Faith

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Our Multicultural World: How to teach our children to appreciate all Cultures and Faith

Students Standing in Classroom.
In our current world of chaos and uncertainty, we want our children to realize that we can be different and unique in many ways, but also that we share many similarities. Here are a few goals any parent or early child educator would want to incorporate into their teaching on multiculturalism and acceptance with their young children.

  • The first goal is to assist children with recognizing differences, as well as similarities, among all people. When we allow children to view and experience different cultures, it creates opportunities for them to see that even when people have different customs, beliefs or ways of life, they often share similar traits. These realizations allow children to accept and respect others from different cultures and backgrounds.
  • The second goal would be to encourage and help develop cooperative social skills with their children. As children come to accept and understand differences in other children, they learn to work and communicate better with others. The child that is taught to be culturally sensitive and accepting will build self-esteem and be more comfortable when in situations or settings that may be unfamiliar to them.
  • The third goal would be for the Early Child Educator or parent to learn about the cultures of all the children in their classroom or community. Take the time to learn about the cultures of your students or neighbours, and share these experiences and knowledge with your children. Educate yourself on their beliefs, values, foods, and customs. Become a role model, demonstrating acts of acceptance and respect for other cultures and beliefs.

The increase in racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity in schools is demonstrated in many early childhood classrooms across North America. These classrooms are also receiving increased numbers of children with disabilities or developmental delays. The diverse make-up of these classrooms brings many challenges as well as many opportunities to educators and parents alike. With a knowledge of effective practices, and with the support of administrators, colleagues, families, and the local and global community, both teachers and parents can create classrooms and home environments that are responsive to the diverse needs and cultures of all children.

Darlene Bresee
Darlene Bresee
Darlene Bresee is a mother, veteran educator and special education expert who has worked with young children in the primary grades since 2005 in both public and independent school settings. She graduated from McGill University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Education in Kinesiology, later returning to McGill University and receiving her Bachelor of Education, Kindergarten and Elementary Education. She is an active and certified member of the Ontario College of Teachers, and possesses a level 1 special education qualification from the Ontario College of Teachers since 2005. Before joining Rullingnet Corporation, Darlene was a junior lead teacher and primary classroom teacher in a Private school setting for 9 years. According to Darlene, "Raising her two wonderful daughters and sharing her passion for learning with them is her most rewarding endeavour."