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Roots and Wings: Affirming Culture in Early Childhood Programs

By Stacey York
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Book Details
  • Author: Stacey York
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 1991-05-01
Noting that the concept of America as a "melting pot" ignores the differences that make individuals unique, this book provides a perspective of how culture influences life in the classroom, and the importance of maintaining culture in the lives of young children by means of multicultural education. The book provides over 60 hands-on activities for children that shape respectful attitudes toward cultural differences, and examples of ways culture affects behavior and routines in the classroom, including strategies for responding in respectful ways, ideas for integrating cultural awareness, and recommendations for staff training in multicultural education. Chapter one provides an introduction to the book and a rationale for multicultural education. Chapter two provides a definition of multicultural education, its importance, and goals. Chapter three provides guidance in "implementing multicultural education," while chapter four addresses integrating multiculturalism in the teaching and classroom environment. Chapter five provides "activities for teaching children about culture" in areas such as skin color, physical characteristics, similarities and differences, and social skills. Chapter six provides ideas for using "holidays and celebrations" in multicultural education. Chapter seven addresses "children's awareness of differences," including cultural awareness and prejudice formation. Chapter eight addresses "culturally responsive care and education" and describes culturally related child rearing patterns and dealing with ongoing problems. Chapter nine addresses"talking to children about differences" as empowering and as an agent of change. (Author/SD)

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