I'm starting a new blog series over here on CCK called "Cultural Competence A-Z". I've gotten a lot of feedback from parents that talking about cultural competence can be overwhelming. I agree - it can be, but it doesn't have to be. That's why it's ok to start small and to start FUN! So that's why I created this series. So in the weeks and months leading up to the end of the school year (eek!), throughout the summer and into the Fall, we'll talk about fun and engaging ways that you can develop your child's cultural competence. All of the suggestions are easy, fun, and totally accessible.
Make a promise to yourself to try at least one letter. Better yet, make it a game and have your child pick! How can you make it a game? Here are some options:
The list goes on and on! There are so many ways to make this fun for you and your kids. Chances are, some of these are things you are doing already. Now, they just have a slightly different spin on them. For even more ways to have fun with your kids, check out the video blog series Just For Fun Fridays where I provide specific items to learn about diversity while still having fun with your kids. You'll enjoy it so much, you'll forget that you're teaching your child an essential life skill. You won't even believe how easy it is to get started.
What letter is your child's favorite? Which one will you try first? Leave a comment below and let us know! I can't wait to hear all about the fun!
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Dr. Sweeney is a licensed school psychologist and cultural competence expert. Here are her musings on life in a multicultural world.
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