In The Circle
Theme: Diversity: We Are All Special
In this activity, the child will learn about his/her own family and recognize how otherfamilies are the same and different!
Circle of Education® was selected by TheraCare in New York City as a Social Emotional Development and Learning Readiness program for young children age 2 to 8
My Family Portrait
- Song lyrics
- A puppet
- Construction paper
- Washable markers
- Art supplies
Importance of Activity:
- In completing this activity, the child will learn about his/her family and how it is the same as or different than other families. Through interacting with the adult, the young child will learn to respect others and acknowledge that others might have customs and ideas that are different than his/hers. By emphasizing the similarities among us and celebrating the uniqueness in each one of us, the child will learn to appreciate the uniqueness of his/her family.
- Child recognizes own cultural and familial background and takes pleasure and pride in them.
- Child develops an appreciation of self and others.
- Strengthening adult-child relationship.
- We each have a family; tell me about your family.
- Who are the members in your family?
- What makes a family a family?
- How is your family different than your friends family?
- What would you like to say about yourself?
- Think about all the things that make your family special.
- Why do you think it is important to have a family?
- There are many different types of families; let’s see which ones you are familiar with.
- Let’s make your Family Portrait!
- Sing the song "Family is Family" with the child, using the lyrics and the puppet.
- Ask the child about the song and what it is about.
- Discuss the different types of families as presented in the song.
- Provide the child with a piece of construction paper on which you will suggest him/her to draw his/her family.
- Ask the child to draw everyone in his/her family. Say, “This will be your Family Portrait!”
- Help the child write his/her name and the family members that he/she drew on his/her Family Portrait.
- Ask the child to tell you about each member of his/her family.
- Discuss what makes his/her family the same as and different than others.
- Suggest writing a short story about his/her family on his/her Family Portrait.
- Ask the child to share and reflect on how making his/her Family Portrait made him/her feel.
- Sing "Family is Family" again with the child.
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