The Importance of Inclusion
Teaching children about inclusion is a complex business. How can we teach and guide children if we as adults have a hard time navigating this action because we are fearful of asking questions? The definition of inclusion states the practice or policy of providing equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized; such as those who have physical or mental disabilities and members of other minority groups. The only thing we really all have in common is that we are different from one another. It’s important to me that we expose children to stories told by a variety of different backgrounds followed by conversations. We have an obligation to educate ourselves about differences; that burden should not be put upon marginalized people. Books are an amazing way to ignite that acceptance by educating in a developmentally appropriate manner. Here are some great discussion questions after reading.
Why is it worth it to find out more about a person when we’re curious or confused about them?
How does understanding the different ways people do things help us appreciate their uniqueness?
Are there topics we shouldn’t ask about? Why not? (Practice perspective talking!)
What makes you unique?
What makes your best friend or sibling or cousin unique?
– The Nora Project, Teaching Differences to Young Children