I see trees of green...clouds of white..and many children of vastly different colors.
We are very fortunate to have a culturally diverse classroom. There are children of many different colors here. Children directly from Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania in addition to the many Latino, Polynesian, Asian and Caucasian children. School has just begun in our 1st grade classroom and we are learning how being 'different' is just GREAT! Amazingly enough the children are young enough to not yet notice differences. Part of the 1st grade core curriculum is to recognize similarities and differences which we work on right from the start. I have the children come and look in the mirror to see exactly what color their skin is. Most think it 'white' and are surprised to find it isn't. We then compare each others skin color to our own and question, "Does It Make a Difference"? After much discussion we realize it really doesn't. We like our friends no matter what color skin. We then draw self portraits. Here is the dilemma, we have no skin colors other than 'peach' for skin colors. I am hoping kindly, generous, accepting people such as yourself would find this omission as unacceptable as myself.
This is where YOU can make a difference in our classroom. All we humbly ask is that you see the value of non-discriminatory education and furnish our classroom with colored pencils so the children don't feel unacceptably different. Then, going further into the curriculum, 1st grade learns about color. We've mostly learned color names but not how to mix colors to make different colors. That's where the rest of my request comes in. I've asked for some color paddles made of the primary red, yellow, blue so the children can mix the paddles and see which colors make which colors. This is aways a 'AHA' moment for them. Of course 3 literature books add a literary element and background to the lessons.
This current school year's budget is already low, so again, I turn to YOU to help my children learn the value of acceptance. Thank you so much for understanding the diversity of children in America and helping to make America great!
|Red Book Barbara Lehman • Barnes and Noble||$11.65||1||$11.65|
|My Crayons Talk: A Bill Martin Book Patricia Hubbard, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble||$7.15||1||$7.15|
|LC385 - People Colors® Jumbo Pencils • Lakeshore Learning||$8.95||7||$62.65|
|LA872 - Color Paddles - 12 Sets • Lakeshore Learning||$16.50||2||$33.00|
|White Rabbit's Color Book Alan Baker • Barnes and Noble||$4.45||1||$4.45|
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