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Multicultural Education is an important part of our homeschool preschool “curriculum”. Our goal as parents is to raise good humans. One way we can do this is exposing our children to different types of people and cultures.

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Here’s how we support multicultural education….

1. Books

We spend a lot of time reading together. Granted it helps that our little one loves listening to books, but we’ve also made reading a priority. This makes introducing and adding multicultural books to our home library one of the easiest ways to introduce different cultures to our natural learners.
Here’s a list of some of our favorites:

Ruby Bridges

Watson’s Go to Birmingham

One Love

I am Malala

Yeh Shen: A Cinderella Story from China

Baseball in April

*Just an added note, be sure to prescreen books for bias and stereotypes.
2. Multicultural Dolls

Our daughter is just now getting into dolls, so we’ve made sure to add dolls of other ethnic background to our doll collection.

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You can check out multicultural dolls here.

3. Traveling

Traveling to different places is a great way for children to experience new places and different people. You can travel to different parts of the world or simply travel to a different city near you. We live in a small farm town without a lot of diversity, so I love taking the kids to museums and different attractions in the big cities.

4. Introduce Different Holidays/Traditions

One exploration you and your family could do together is explore different holidays or traditions from different cultures. My husband and I come from different cultural backgrounds, so when we married we took a few of their traditions and fused them with mine. For example: We now hide a pickle in our Christmas tree. This is something I had never heard of before, but is now a tradition our kids will grow up with along with the baking of my Kolaches.

5. Different languages

I would love for my children to become fluent in another language besides English. I, however, am not bilingual myself, nor is my husband, so this can pose a problem with immersing them with a different language. However, I found some tools to help all of us learn. I’ll begin with apps. I discovered several free apps that help teach several different kinds of languages. My little ones are too small to truly grasp the concept yet, but they will be perfect for my stepson and them when they get a older.

Books written in another language are another great tool. Usborne books has a wonderful collection of books that teach other languages. We own Every Day Words in French and want to order others as well.

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T.V. shows are another great way to immerse your children with new languages. Dora the Explorer uses a combination of English and Spanish. Netflix also has several cartoons in Spanish and other languages available.

You can also check you local area for toddler and kid friendly language classes. There are even language immersion preschool programs that could be available in your area if that is something that interests you and your child.

Why It’s Important

Exposing my children to multicultural education is important to me for several reasons. First, when they get older they will be working and collaborating with all different kinds of people. Second, I want them to develop empathy and acceptance of all different people. It’s crucial for them to understand that people are just people even if they look different. With given the state of our nation today, I believe it’s even more important for me to raise my kids to be kind and understanding.

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If you are a homeschool preschool family, then you know there are just some items you can’t live without in your classroom. Did you know there are eco-friendly versions of those must haves that are both safe for the environment and safer for your preschoolers? The following are some of our must have items we use in our eco-friendly homeschool preschool.

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1. Paints
We love to use homemade paints or Eco Kids Finger paints. Both are non-toxic and eco-friendly.

There are so many benefits for our littles through the art of painting. Painting enhances creativity when children are encouraged to free paint, improves fine motor skills and can provide a great sensory experience when finger painting. Painting is a lovely precursor to writing and a wonderful outlet for those who love painting.

 

2. Play-dough

We love to make our playdough right at home. Ecodough is our dough of choice if we choose to use already made products. Play dough is great for sensory and building hand strength. Children build fine motor skills and boost their creativity with the use of play dough.

3. Crayons

If you have a little artist like mine, then you know crayons are an essential item to have readily available. Crayons are a great tool to allow for creativity and boost fine motor skills. We love crayons made from Beeswax. They are eco-friendly and safe for little ones.

4. Non-Toxic Glue
Glue is another must have item. We use glue often when we are creating art projects and our occasional craft. Glueing items is another way to help improve fine motor skills. If you use liquid glue, it’s also a great way to teach children about the less is more concept. Most kid friendly glue is non-toxic or at least we would hope, however, there are some eco-friendly kinds out there as well.

5. Pencils

The skill of using pencils is so important for our little writers. Pencils come in different sizes for different grips.  Pencil use helps children to gain fine motor and eye-hand coordination skills as well as fine tune their pencil grip. There are eco-friendly pencils options available. Check out Sprouts which can be later planted and grown into a plant.

These are some of our must haves we use almost on a daily basis in our eco-friendly homeschool preschool. I’m always looking into trying different brands to see which options work best.

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Over the past 4 years, my views on education have really changed. During this 4 year span, I began expanding my world view by reading books and watching Ted Talks by some of my newly found mentors. The first of those people I discovered was Gary Vaynerchuk.

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If you are unfamiliar with Gary Vaynerchuk, Gary is an influential entrepreneur who understands how to use the internet to market and build businesses. Gary Vee as he is known has written books on marketing with social media, speaks as a key note speaker, and runs successful businesses.

So how did Gary Vaynerchuk help shape my view on education?

Gary has spoken candidly about being a young entrepreneur and how school wasn’t a good fit for him. Check out his video on his up bringing here.

This really made me think about my students and how many of them were just like Gary. They struggled with grades, but yet had so many strengths in other ways. Yet, we, as in the school system, often looked down upon them because they had missing assignments, failing or almost failing grades, and often seemed like their were unmotivated by the work…. which they most likely were because it didn’t appeal to their interests or strengths.

Gary Vaynerchuk hosts a Q and A show called #AskGaryVee where he takes questions from viewers via social media or call ins. (Seriously, if you are at all interested in starting your own business or want to know more about how to build your current business, then I recommend you check out his show here.) I decided to ask Gary a question about how we as teachers could create a thank you type economy in our schools despite curriculums and government mandates. My question actually made it on his show… #74 at 4:03. Check it out below to hear Gary’s response. I remember I was so geeked to make his show.

 

Not only did my question make his #Askgaryvee Show, but my question also made his book, #AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s View on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness. The book is comprised of questions that were asked on his show. I found this book even more useful than his other books. You can check it out here.

Here’s another #AskGaryVee episode where another teacher asks about education.

 

Check him out….

Gary Vaynerchuk’s view on life, business and self-awareness continue to teach and inspire me. If you haven’t heard of him yet, I strongly urge you to check out his YouTube here along with his website here.

Oh and if you are serious about doing that thing you love and creating your own business, then I also recommend Gary’s other books.

Crush it: Get your own copy here.

Jab, Jab, Right Hook. Get your own copy here.

Thank You Economy. Get your own copy here.

***Gary, if by chance you are reading this, I took your advice to heart. I left public school teaching and I started this blog and social media accounts about documenting my journey with my kiddos as we begin using  natural learning and self-awareness to help them discover their passions and life purposes. My goal is to inspire them to become problem solvers and build careers around their passions and strengths. I’m creating my content on how to use natural learning to support all children in and outside of the system by offering my expertise in the area of education and sharing what I do with my children. Thank you for your advice. Much Love!

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