Saturday, July 1, 2017
I want to say a special Thank you! to all of my colleagues and teacher for making this class such an amazing experience for the feedback and insights provided they have definitely allowed me to retain great information to push forward in this field. I want to wish you all much success in you future endeavors and finishing here at Walden it was a pleasure to work with you in learning so much!
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017
- Share your reaction to the topic of the sexualization of early childhood.
- Provide three or more examples, from your personal or professional experience, that further illustrate the exposure of young children to a highly sexualized environment.
- Explain the implications this may have on children’s healthy development. Include ideas you might have, as an early childhood professional, to best respond to these concerns and to reduce the negative impact on children.
- Describe the ways in which your awareness of the sexualization of early childhood has been influenced and/or modified by studying the topic this week.
I wasn't as aware of the sexualization in early childhood as much before this week. I didn't really think about the long term affects it can have on a child. But reading the resources this week really opened my eyes to the topic and ways to limit the exposure in a negative light to children.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
I have never really personally experienced any "isms" in my own life There are a few that i could experience as I go on in this Journey in the early childhood field. One could be racism I am an African american woman and I know that living in California there are many different races and classes of people, and not everyone here is accepting of people from different races I have noticed this to be much more with older individuals because they do come from a different time. While working in the early childhood field There could be certain parents or children who are not as open to people of different races and that could pose a problem with me as an educator.
When working with children and families it is important to gain and build a working connection because that is the foundation to teaching and working to help the growth of the child. If I were in a situation of racism I feel I would be extremely uncomfortable and distant from the children and families and It would affect how I do my work. It would also be very distracting to think about and work with and that could affect the other families and children that I work with. I do hope I never have to go through any situation like this, but it is a possibility it could happen working in a field that is as culturally diverse as the early childhood field. This is why it is important for myself to be open and to work diligently to connect and find ways for families and children to trust me and be open with me. Knowing my passion and expressing that to them and how it will impact the children can help to get the families to working with me positively towards a common goal of the child's healthy growth and development.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Another area I would like to have is the play area and in this area we would have dolls and toys that were diverse, I'd want to have different races of the dolls to incorporate and show culture and so children could start seeing the diversity that is in the world Also I would want to have different costumes such as Firefighters, nurse, doctor, princess, police officer etc so that he children can begin to dress up as different professions and learn on them. Another area would be a story time area where I would have different books that would speak to all cultures and help children to learn on cultures in the world. I would put a world globe in this area as well as a map on the wall for us to study and begin learning the names of different countries. This is a great way for children to begin thinking on the many different people all around and learn about countries they don't know about and even incorporate and talk about their own.
Another section would be a wall we dedicate to different careers and professions. Not only is diversity in how we look and our cultures, but it is also in where we work and make a living from. So it will be important to me for us to study those different professions no matter what and get the children to learning what they do and how they dress and the impact and importance they have in their field. I want my environment to be rich in culture and be a great learning environment to diversity and explore the world. There will be different colors and different flags that represent the countries of my own students and of countries that we learn about. The activities we do will also incorporate Anti-bias such as drawings and paintings that I would display on the walls. I would have pictures of the children and families in an area probably in the front of my setting so it is the first thing you see when you walk in and you get a feel of who is inside and the different children I work with. The media segment inspired me for this because she had a wall of the children and families which is great, because it is important to incorporate the children and families so they feel more at home and welcome when they come inside.
Derman-Sparks, L., & Olsen Edwards, J. (2010). Anti-bias education for young children and ourselves. Washington, D.C.: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Laureate Education, Inc. (2011). Strategies for working with diverse children: Welcome to an anti-bias learning community. Baltimore, MD: Author
Sunday, April 30, 2017
One goal I would like to set for the early childhood field in issues related to social justice, diversity, and equity would be to be more of a leader and begin to build my own community of people who are for children and diversity and their growth and development also to spread awareness. Helping others recognize their biases all while working on my own. A lot of people don't know the impact we as adults and educators have on children and their growth and development and I want to make it my job to let it be known.
Throughout the course I have learned so much from my fellow colleagues and gained a lot of insight to things and I want to say thank you to all of you for your input and as well as your insight to me. I wish you all much success in your continued Journey here at Walden and beyond!