by Victoria Neff

“The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people.”

Multi- Cultural/ Social Issue

       Along with understanding other cultures and learning about what other families do as traditions, children are able to take other lifestyles into perspective. In these early years, even just recognizing the diversity around them and taking the time to appreciate it is a huge step in their young lives. Once the children get a good view of other traditions besides their own, they will also feel even more special for what traditions they do. It will make them feel unique. It is also a good opportunity for the students to open up and to recognize the similarities they have within their peers and also the differences. I think that as people, it is so important to think of one another as people and focus on the similarities in each other.




The Jelly Donut Difference Book

Children can relate to this book because it is about a family and the two siblings do not always get along at first.

After realizing that their neighbor is always living alone, the two invite her over for their big family dinner. It turns out, the neighbor is from Poland and ended up teaching the family how to make her special jelly donut from her culture.

She taught them her culture and about her traditions with her family when she was younger. This, in turn, helped the two siblings focus on what really mattered- getting along.

Learning someone else’s story can change one’s viewpoint and it can change part of their lifestyle.

When I read this book to my class, I stopped at pages where I thought could use some further discussion from the students. I asked questions that had to do with reasoning within the story and prediction, but I also had them share any connections that they are making to the story. This topic is so important to discuss with young children and it is so important to make them feel comfortable with sharing out their own personal beliefs and stories.


The Ant Bully Book

This is about a boy who constantly was bullied by a larger boy. He started to take his anger out on the ants on the sidewalk. He drowned them in water. Then, all of a sudden, he was shrunken down to ant size and taken to the Queen Ant. She made him work the jobs that the ants did.

This made him see the point of view of the ants- all of their hard work. He learned his lesson by having an encounter with a human as an ant. He realized that what he was doing to the innocent ants was just as bad as what the boy bully was doing to him.

I read this book to my class, and they were very focused on the story. I stopped only a couple times to check for understanding, and there were many children who gave me predictions on what was going to happen to the boy in the story. They used their own morals and values to express the lesson they thought the boy learned throughout the book. This was a nice way to discuss this topic with children because it was in an indirect way. The children that can connect to this from either viewpoint can learn from this story and set it as an example in their lives from that moment on.