*I was provided with a set of the MVP Kids books, but the opinions expressed in this post are my own. *
There are countless ways to raise culturally aware children, but my favorite way to teach my young children about others is through books with diverse characters. I purposely seek out books that show diversity in culture, race, language, gender & even disabilities.
It has become more important than ever to teach our children about diversity, and how to live with people around us.
Teaching them that we are all worthy of the same respect, regardless of our outward appearance is a lesson that we can teach through our words and actions.
As an educator, this is important to me and I encourage every parent to look for the same in thier personal library.
Find books like Real MVP Kids that are dedicated to representing a wide range of ethnic and cultural diversity.
Not only do your children have an opportunity to see themselves and their friends (or classmates) represented in these books, but they learn about character values, responsibility and language. Each book offers a section of helpful teaching tips for parents at the back of each book.
The tips are divided into three categories: Informing Minds helps parents guide their children into a deeper understanding of the subject matter of the book; Moving Hearts helps parents and children connect emotionally to each other and to the book’s theme; and Directing Hands gives practical actions, crafts and activities to help children gain hands-on experience.
Embracing others does not mean that we accept everything they say and do. It means finding value in each other’s differences.
Reading books with diverse characters teachs your kids to have empathy for all people. People with disabilities, different economic brackets, those not raised by their biological parents, etc., is an important lesson that parents can teach early on.
Even if you reside in a small, rural town that isn’t diverse in language, culture, religion and ethnicity, it is still important to teach your kids to navigate in a world that is.
Your children will grow up and may choose to move and you want to give them the advantage of building positive relationships with people who are different than they are.
Sometimes the greatest lessons can be learned through conversations that you have with your children while reading a book with diverse characters.
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