Diversity 3:4 S

Theme: Diversity: We Are All Special

In this activity, you will discuss the other languages children in the group speak, whileenhancing self-awareness and respect for diversity!

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Diversity 3:4 S

Can You Speak More Than One Language?

Theme: Diversity: We Are All Special

Intensity: Large

Song:

In this activity, you will discuss the other languages children in the group speak, while enhancing self-awareness and respect for diversity!

Materials

  • Song lyrics
  • A puppet
  • Charting paper
  • Washable markers

Importance of Activity

  • In completing this activity, children will be able to express their individuality.
  • Children will learn how to address the world around them from the adults around them. Through interacting with other children, the young child will learn to respect others and acknowledge that others 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, children will learn to appreciate each other's differences.
  • Learning to respect others will help prevent bullying, discrimination and conflicts.

Desired Outcomes

Suggested Dialogue

  • Does everyone here speak English? Do you use English to talk to your family members?
  • What other languages can you speak?
  • Who taught you to speak _______?
  • Do you know other people/children that can speak _________?
  • Some children feel proud that they can speak another language, but some feel embarrassed and do not want to let anyone know. How do you feel about your ability to speak another language?
  • How do you feel when you see that other children can speak more than one language?
  • Why is it important to speak other languages?

Instructions

  1. Sing the song LANGUAGES ALL AROUND US with the children, using the lyrics and the puppet.
  2. Ask the children about the song and what it is about.
  3. Ask each child to tell the group what language(s) he/she can speak. As the children name a language, write it at the top of the charting paper.
  4. Ask each child to say his/her name and write his/her name on the charting paper (assist the children if they haven’t learned how to write their name yet) under the language(s) he/she speak.
  5. Invite children to share how they learned to speak more than one language.
  6. Discuss the importance of knowing more than one language.
  7. Discuss the feelings that we experience when we have different characteristics, which make us look different and/or sound different than others.
  8. Discuss ways to cope and share these feelings.
  9. Ask the children to share and reflect on how this activity and discussion made them feel.
  10. Sing LANGUAGES ALL AROUND US with the children again.

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