Why Diversity in Childrens Books Matters

Why Diversity in Children’s Books Matters

Since I read primarily books by Asian-American women writers to supplement my very traditional dead white guy literary education, my children do not have to wait until college to discover women writers and writers of color in a women's studies class.
5 Ways White Parents Can Start Talking about Racism with Their Kids Today

5 Easy Ways White Parents Can Start Talking to Your Kids about Racism

It’s Hard for White People to Talk about Racism Many white people do not feel comfortable talking about race or racism. When I...
Brown barbies

Are Non-White Children Not as Important? Where are the Brown Barbie Dolls?

The gift of a white doll starts this mom on a mission for brown dolls.

How to Talk to Kindergarteners about Race

One of the key goals in my kindergarten class is to create an inclusive and safe community of learners. The understanding I want my students to have when they leave my classroom is that we are all different in some ways and alike in others and that by understanding and recognizing our differences and similarities we are participating in an essential part of building a just, inclusive and safe environment. Here are the steps I have taken in my classroom to make this happen.
Chinese potty training

Thanks to Chinese Potty Training | We’re Done With Diapers at 19 Months

We live in China and have been pushing the EC method or “Elimination Communication” method since she was four months old. This is the fancy term for something that has been practiced in China for centuries. Children here are often fully “squat trained” (rather than “potty,” as those are newer inventions to the culture) by the time they’re 10 months old. In fact, if they can stand and squat, most of the time it means that they can also do their potty business without any fuss. Traditional Chinese methods have their advantages, for sure.
Family movies for Coronavirus quarantine

Family Movies to Get Through the Coronavirus Quarantine

Many of us around the world are experiencing a dystopian reality brought on by the Coronavirus that is forcing us into family quarantine. Kids everywhere are out...