Monday, January 27, 2014

Multicultural Children’s Books with Circle time discussion ideas

Since the event  today  is for Multicultural Children’s Books and is being organized by #Pragmatic Mom and #Jump into a book. I thought I would take this opportunity to share some books in this month’s blog.

Teachers I think that it is important to implement all types of books in your classroom; and most schools do. But what some teachers forget to do is to implement books that are closely related to the students in their classrooms. I think this is important so that all students feel a part of the classroom community.

During my search for books about Christmas; I came across this very interesting book in that section that opened me up to something that I was not familiar with. And although it is religious based. I thought it would be a great book to share.

 Lights out Shabbat, by Sarene Shulimson
This book talks about how a boy and his grandparents spent Shabbat, with the lights out in Georgia on a snowy day, where it doesn't snow very often. It talks about all the things they did while the lights were out. Shabbat is a Jewish day of rest, which starts Friday at Sunset and ends Saturday at Sunset.

Spending time with grandparents is always a special moment for children; as a discussion piece for circle time, ask your students what they do when they spend time with their grandparents.

 While looking for books on Chinese New Year’s, I came across this wonderful book about the community of Chinatown.

Chinatown, by William Low
This book shows the culture of Chinatown, as a young boy and his grandmother goes throughout the community shopping for what they need; as they explain the cultural aspect of Chinatown.
This book would be a great cultural book about Chinatown and Chinese New Years and a great way to help your students understand varies community helpers and how although they are the same, what they sell, purchase or create within their community could be quite different.

When you are doing the Theme: Community Helpers, compare the stores in the community where your students live with the stores in the book "Chinatown." 

couldn't put this book down as I read about all the challenges that Hassan faced living in a country where he felt afraid, but learning how to communicate through art.

The Color of Home, by Mary Hoffman
This might be a very long book for preschoolers to sit through, but a touching story about a boy name Hassan that was forced to flee his home in Somalia, and move to America where the colors didn't seem as bright and inviting as his home.
Living in a country where everyone around him spoke a language that he didn't understand, but through his drawings, Hassan was able to express himself.

Have your students make a drawing using a multitude of colors, then have them explain the picture to you.

Teachers don’t introduce your students to Multicultural books on special days and on Holidays. Do it all the time and every chance you get. Communicate with the parents in your class and get their input as well. Students can only learn about the world around them if it is introduced to them in a caring and patience way. 

Darla the Teacher *

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