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Skin & hair color 

INTERCULTURAL EXPERIENCES AND HOW THEY CAN LEAD TO PARENT-EDUCATOR PARTNERSHIP CHALLENGES

In a very diverse team and kindergarten culture are people with many different physical traits. Children sometimes fear novel appearances and need a “settling in” in this regard as well. 

Those children used to being surrounded by people with similar appearances can be overwhelmed by the large amount of diversity resulting in obvious signs of distress. It is important to observe how the children are reacting to their new environment. In the case that the group educators are quite different in their appearance, the child might seek out or withdraw from a certain educator or situation depending on the level of comfort. Insecurity can come from the question of whether or not a different appearance will result in a different reaction.

The curiosity of a child in regards to a different looking person than they are used to may be perceived rude or blunt to an adult. Children often assume that everyone looks like themselves or their surrounding community. Parents values and viewpoints can affect a child’s way of seeing and reacting to differences. This can cause quite a few problems and needs careful but firm handling on the part of the educator. 

A Kindergarten curriculum ought to contain a section on diversity, and how to implement it into a daily structure. 

Use morning circles to discuss differences and similarities of people with one another, such as hair and eye color skin color, language, clothing etc. 

Passing around a small mirror, encouraging the children to describe themselves is a valuable and fun activity.