I was reminded yesterday how important it is not to make gender assumptions, especially with children. A sweet 8 year old girl came in for her first day at Summer Care at You're Invited and my immediate response to her was "oh we have several girls your age to play with." As I listened to her talk and watched her body language I thought that perhaps she wouldn't want to play just with girls and I quickly added, "yes, lots of girls or boys your age to play with." (trying to recover from my lack of sensitivity) Later in the day I watched this girl compete in an intense, competitive tetherball match with a boy a few years older and saw other boys lined up to play the winner. They were all having a great time. I reminded myself not to make assumptions about people based on their gender, that we can easily make children feel bad, sorry, guilty, confused, etc about their natural predilections when we decide what they will like based on our assumptions and stereotypes.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Thanks to Miss Taylor for being brave enough to catch this huge cricket and put it in this container for the children to investigate.
Immediately some of the children were concerned that our cricket friend was lonely and needed to be with the family. We took this opportunity to to learn about how to get everybody's opinion before making a decision and we took a poll!
A few of the older children went around asking every single child and adult if we "should let the cricket go free to find his family or keep it in the box"
The decision was unanimous and we decided to let the cricket "be free and find his family"
This wasn't a planned activity but when centers are flexible and children are given freedom to move around the environment and choose their own learning with adults ready to engage and facilitate this type fun, enriching opportunity happens!