Young Children Can Understand
Everyone is worthy
Everyone is lovable
Everyone is capable
Everyone is equal
Everyone is important
Everyone deserves respect
Everyone has feelings
Everyone is similar
Everyone is different
There are different kinds of families
Families live in different ways.
(The above is from
Roots & Wings, Stacey York)
Before you begin...
The primary purpose of Reflections is
to encourage healthy dialogue about diversity with children through art
projects. In all of the suggested projects, there is a wide range of adult
involvement. Children should be given the freedom to do what they want
with the given materials. As the adult, you can add comments, pose questions
or facilitate discussion between children. Listen carefully to what the
children say and avoid lecturing. If the child is developmentally able,
you can suggest a more structured art project.When you ask a child to
choose an images that reminds them of him or herself, keep in mind that
the picture they choose may not look like the child. Ask the child why
they picked that image; it might be because of an activity the photographed
person is doing, an item of clothing they are wearing, a hairstyle, or
a physical attribute they have. The same goes for when you ask the child
to pick out someone who does not remind them of themselves.
The key goal is to, first, engage the child in an art project and then,
depending on the age, mood, and personality of the child, start a conversation
ranging from simply making a few comments to having an in-depth dialogue.
There will be times when no dialogue is had at all and that, too, is okay,
simply seeing the photographs is teaching the child about diversity.
Reflections of Community was made possible by a grant from the
Yolo County Children and Families Commission. We know that the photographic
images in Reflections are not inclusive of everyone and the project
is considered a work in progress. If you don’t see yourself or your
children in these images, please contact the project about donating a
digital image. If you live locally we could possibly meet and take your
picture to have it included in the next printing. This truly is a community
project and depends upon the help of people in the community.
Suggested Materials: Reflections images, photographs of the child and
their family, Paper, pens, paints and/or crayons that include many shades
of tans and browns, scissors, glue, mirror, anything else the child would
like to include.
The following are links to nine different projects
you can do using the Relections images.
I AM SPECIAL! I AM UNIQUE!
WHEN I GROW UP I AM GOING TO BE...
OUR WONDERFUL DIFFERENCES
SO MANY SIMILARITIES
WE ARE FAMILY
HOME SWEET HOME!