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Understanding the Importance of Diversity

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Understanding the importance of diversity means valuing and seeking out the perspectives of individuals who differ from us. People can be different in many ways including race, ethnicity, age, abilities/disabilities, language, orientation, culture, appearance, socio-economic status and religion among others. The more exposed students become to diversity the more likely they are to dispel negative stereotypes and personal biases about different groups. Being exposed to diversity has several positive implications for children and adults. It provides an opportunity for self-reflection and growth as well as an increase in empathy, awareness, tolerance, and open-mindedness for other’s ideas and perspectives. It builds trust amongst people from diverse backgrounds and prepares children for life in our ever-diversifying society. Below you will find resources you can use at home to help teach this important skill to your child. 

Resources for Young Children:

Information:

Teaching Kids to Respect Diversity 

https://www.today.com/parenting-guides/teaching-kids-respect-diversity-t177717

Teaching Kids About Diversity and Acceptance 

https://www.kidsacademy.mobi/storytime/teaching-kids-about-diversity/

Why Diversity Education Matters for Kids and Their Parents 

https://www.familyminded.com/s/diversity-education-matters-for-kids-and-their-parents-f2bff97007834863

Activities:

10 Cultural Diversity Activities for Elementary Students

https://www.funwithmama.com/cultural-diversity-activities-for-elementary-students/

Teaching Your Kids About Diversity and Inclusion

https://www.foundationscounselingllc.com/blog/teaching-your-kids-about-diversity-and-inclusion.php

We Are Different, We Are the Same: Teaching Young Children About Diversity

https://extension.psu.edu/programs/betterkidcare/knowledge-areas/environment-curriculum/activities/all-activities/we-are-different-we-are-the-same-teaching-young-children-about-diversity

Videos:

Sesame Street: Whoopi’s Skin and Elmo’s Fur

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce0yGNG_VEU&list=PL1mDOHoPszD42C23bU25dowq1kyTaIy6F

What Does Diversity Mean? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd5Cm3xzMS4

Celebrating Our Differences

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mB7y2hcU01s

The World’s Family (An Embracing Culture Story)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni_at59TzM

Resources for Adolescents:

Information:

Teaching Teens to Respect Diversity

https://www.today.com/parenting-guides/teaching-teens-respect-diversity-t179025

6 Ways Your Child Can Benefit from Classroom Diversity

https://nobelcoaching.com/classroom-diversity/

Why Diversity Education Matters for Kids and Their Parents 

https://www.familyminded.com/s/diversity-education-matters-for-kids-and-their-parents-f2bff97007834863

Activities:

5 Fun Activities to Teach Your Kids About Culture and Diversity

https://www.learningliftoff.com/5-fun-activities-to-teach-your-kids-about-culture-and-diversity/

More Diversity Activities for Youth and Adults

https://extension.psu.edu/more-diversity-activities-for-youth-and-adults

Awareness Activities

http://www.edchange.org/multicultural/activityarch.html

Videos:

Kid President’s Guide to Making a New Friend

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

Do One Thing for Diversity 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U7uNU7HIHI

I am Human: Unique and Imperfect

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS_HLYCOgR0

Planting the Seeds of Peace: Exploring and Celebrating Our Differences

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sg7Uv2Ixtac

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