Tuesday, October 20, 2015

How to Teach Children Diversity

The preschool years are exciting for both parents and children alike. One of the most interesting things about this age group is the fact that they are learning more about people outside their homes. This is a great age for kids to start learning more about diversity.

Globes and Maps Can Enrich Lessons

Preschoolers are naturally curious about where other places are, especially when they encounter other children from a different culture. One of the advantages of using maps and globes is the fact that it encourages kids to explore, which is very much in keeping with the Montessori philosophy.

Hands-On Activities to Learn About Other Cultures

Preschool aged children are likely to respond well to activities that involve sampling new foods. It is very likely that kids growing up in the Bay Area have already tried ethnic cuisine, and they will find it interesting to learn about what life is like for children in other countries. Music is also a fun way to introduce kids to new cultures, as preschoolers are very receptive to new music. Preschoolers are also at a great age to start learning foreign languages, as they will be better able to retain what they learn.

Use Books and Movies That Honor Diversity

Many kids' books feature diverse characters. Some of these books also teach children about the importance of honoring diversity in an age-appropriate way. Kids' books, besides honoring racial and ethnic differences, might also include stories about interracial or intercultural families and disabilities.

Movies often present new places and cultures in exciting ways for preschoolers. Many of the Disney movies, for example, highlight other cultures. Children will often glean interesting details from watching movies and are likely to ask a lot of questions.


Mission Valley Montessori School offers an exciting learning experience for preschool age children and kindergartners in Fremont, CA. Contact us today if you'd like to schedule a tour to see what we offer for your child.

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