The following will be a series of blog posts about how to introduce the concept of race in your home or classroom. We will start with the youngest ones and go from there. Each of the previous ages build on the other. You can always incorporate suggestions from a younger age. So even if you have a 6 foot tall teenager at home, check this section out and see how you can utilize some of these strategies now. Check back in a few days for the next age: Toddlers/Preschoolers. And don't forget to sign up for the newsletter to receive regular tips like these ones. Enjoy!
Yes! Even babies! In my previous post, I stated that even infants understand that race exists. Obviously, you will not be sitting your child down and talking to them about how racism manifests in our society. But you can open the door to conversations that are sure to come. At this age, it's all about exposure.
I hope that this was a helpful list. Do you have other ideas? Post them in the comments below! And don't forget to sign up for our newsletter! Check back in a few days for tips for a slightly older set of kids-Toddlers & Preschoolers.
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