Many caregivers wonder how they can provide a culturally diverse learning environment for the children in their care. Care Courses offers several courses that focus on fostering a diverse learning environment. Today we are going to look at a few tips for fostering a culturally diverse educational program from our course Cultural Diversity in Early Childhood Programs.
The best thing about culturally diverse programs is that children are given exposure to different cultures from an early age. This also greatly benefits children who come from other countries in terms of language development and overall adjustment to our educational system. In the early childhood environment, teachers have an opportunity to make the most significant contributions to children whose families’ primary languages are not English, allowing them to become more prepared when they enter into primary school.
Here are some tips for fostering a positive learning environment for children whose families are not native English speakers:
- Never try to administer a test or screening instrument in English to a child who speaks another language.
- Involve parents in classroom activities. Non-English speaking parents can be very helpful while they learn English, too.
- Learn to pronounce children’s names as closely as you can to how their parents say them. Your name is the most important acknowledgment of identity.
Remember that infants and toddlers are observant and inquisitive. They will notice differences among themselves and teachers. Be ready to seize those moments where the children notice similarities and differences in order to provide multicultural teaching in a positive manner. Fostering an environment where children can learn about each other’s varying backgrounds can help eliminate the fear or discomfort that some children may develop towards people who are very different from them. With the proper guidance, children are able to learn to rethink their assumptions and embrace the diversity amongst their peers.
In our course, Cultural Diversity in Childhood Programs, we discuss the benefits of embracing a multicultural education. Want to learn more? Find this course and others like it on our website.Please let us know how we can be of additional assistance! Call us: 1-800-685-7610, Monday through Friday, 9-5 ET, or email us days, evenings and weekends: info@CareCourses.com. We’re here to help!