This is the first article in a two-part series that explores promoting children’s identity, agency, and voice regarding race through picture books. Included in this article are three exemplary books that early childhood educators can use to foster critica
Children rely on adults to help them figure out what things mean. Children’s curiosity, puzzlement, and anxiety provide rich opportunities for adults to respond to their attempts to understand what they observe happening in their world.
Julie Olsen Edwards, Louise Derman-Sparks
When intentional teachers ask questions to expand children’s thinking and help them explore related vocabulary and concepts, children’s learning is enriched and their curiosity grows, fueling yet more inquiries.
As teachers, we need to begin by reflecting on our own spiritual experiences, biases, knowledge bases, and identities. Regardless of our beliefs, we should consider how these views could impact daily interactions.
John Nimmo, Mona M. Abo-Zena, Debbie LeeKeenan