Many schools have taken great steps to foster inclusivity in the classroom. One step has been to require that Holliday cards be given to all children, automatically. This can make some children not really think about inclusion since it's a rule and not something they have do decide to do on their own. Here are some tips to teach your child about inclusiveness while they sign their dinosaur Valentine's cards.
Instead of a child just signing their name to a card and giving everyone the exact same thing, have them take a moment to write something personal to each classmate. For very large classes, this may require getting out the class roster and planning far in advance. The extra planning is to give your child a chance to get to know someone they may have nothing to say to.
While personal notes are a good way to make everyone feel appreciated, avoid using labels. This singles people out and makes them feel ashamed to be different. If your child can only think of a label for someone, then there's an opportunity to make a new friend. Encourage your child to find a common interest with this child they don't know so well.
As children get older, they begin to understand empathy. From the humble beginnings of mimicking emotions found in family portraits to the start of vocalizing internal states, children learn empathy the same way they learn language and love. With questions like, "How would you feel?" or "Remember when you weren't included?" you can remind a child that someone left out is someone sad.
No one likes to feel excluded, so teach your children to be welcoming of new students and to befriend those on the fringe of their social circle. A holiday is a good time to reach out to another person and discover a new friend. Help your child pick out some Valentine's cards they like, and a few thank you notes, too.
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