Here's this week's glimpse into what's happening in and out of our classrooms in the day school! These feature lessons, activities, centers, and saunters from a different classroom each week.
Today's feature: Meadowlarks Explore Teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.
Similarities and Differences
We started our week off by talking about similarities and differences. We looked at ourselves, other people around the classroom, various dolls we had, and even people in books. What makes each of us different? What about each of us is the same? What makes Teacher Jocelyn different than Teacher Michelle? Are there things about us that are the same too? The Meadowlarks quickly realized that EVERYONE is different in some way and we are all the same in some ways too.
Our conversations about similarities and differences led to a conversation about discrimination. We talked about how discrimination is when you treat someone differently because they are not like you. Using dolls from our dollhouse, Teacher Jocelyn acted out different kinds of discrimination for the Meadowlarks. For example: A group of kids with only brown hair are sitting at a table. A girl with black hair walks up and asks to sit with them. Someone at the table says, “You can’t sit here. Only people with brown hair can sit at this table.” Another example: “You’re a boy and boys aren’t allowed to play this game.” The Meadowlarks all agreed that discrimination wasn’t fair and probably didn’t make people feel very good.
Martin Luther King Jr: Spreading Kindness
After talking about similarities/differences and learning about discrimination, the Meadowlarks talked about Martin Luther King Jr. and the holiday we “celebrated” by staying home from school on Monday to celebrate his life. We talked about how MLK didn’t think that discrimination was okay and about how he thought that everyone should be kind to everyone else, even if they were different. We learned about how he peacefully worked to spread kindness and stop discrimination. After this conversation, the Meadowlarks each sat down at the Art Table, traced their hands, and had a teacher write down their answer to this question: What can we do to help people remember to treat everyone with kindness? These hands are hanging on the Parent Board outside the Meadowlark Room.
Demonstrate respect for similarities and differences
Recognize stereotypes that are culturally or linguistically unfair, as well as other biased behaviors
Show empathy for others and respond to another’s emotional reactions
Act with kindness
Demonstrate pro-social behavior, such as empathy, sharing, compassion, helping others, and compromise
Participate in experiences that appropriately push student thinking