- July 29, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Diversity is the one thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day. Talking and thinking about holidays in early childhood programs today is a “hot topic.” Diversity amongst children, families, and staff who make up our programs is ever increasing. Many of us believe that holidays should be celebrated, while many others think celebrations do not belong in the classroom. These opposing views have created a divide and uncertainty on whether to celebrate. As an industry, we need to discuss the decision and ramifications on whether ‘to celebrate or not to celebrate.’
- Connecting with each other, and reflecting on our thoughts and feelings about celebrations/holidays
- Creating brave spaces within your program to discuss celebration
- How to avoid the “tourist approach” of celebrating diversity in your program
- Reviewing the “anti-bias curriculum”
- Reflecting on what works best for us in our programs and classrooms
- Discussing choices for celebrating holidays in your program
- Reviewing the power of rituals and traditions in your program
- Connecting with our families and communities to discover which celebrations are important to them
- Generating thoughts and ideas on alternative ways to celebrate.
“A school needs to be a place for all children, not based on the idea that they are all the same, but that they are all different.” -Loris Malaguzzi
SUITABLE FOR ALL EARLY LEARNING AND CHILD CARE PROFESSIONALS
Presenter: Sarah McCarthy
– This workshop will be held online through the Zoom platform.
– You will need access to a smartphone, laptop, tablet or computer with a camera and audio capabilities to join us.
– A link will be emailed to you in the days prior to the workshop. Please click the link ten minutes before the workshop begins to join in. Further instructions will be included in the email.
– For safety reasons we will be locking the meeting at 6:45 pm, so please arrive early or on time to ensure you get in.
Venue: Online Workshop