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Teaching about gender expression to toddlers
One magic word helps your toddler have an expanded understanding of gender expression. By the time kids make it to kindergarten they can tell you how life works, in regards to gender expression. You know: boys wear blue, girls wear pink, girls can wear dresses, boys can’t, girls wear earings, boys don’t, boys play with…
You can teach your toddler about gender diversity!
Imagine this: your child is sitting in their desk in their preschool classroom. In the desk to the right is a transgender child who other students frequently make fun of. Does your kid makes friends with this child? Imagine this: your child just got their lunch and is deciding where to sit. There is a…
Using playtime to affirm a value of diversity.
If we are meeting someone new I always let Avery introduce themself, mostly because I can never be sure what name will come out of their mouth. Some of their favorites are Martin, Thomas, Daniel, Marshal, and Sky. All but Sky will get a surprised, slightly confused reaction from our new friend because they…
Every kid needs books that feature characters of colors.
Hello Activist Parents! For many young kids, story time with their parent or guardian is one of their favorite parts of the day. It is also one way that kids learn about their world such as colors, animals, the alphabet, or numbers. Some books tackle topics relevant to kids – such as sharing, taking…
5 Little Monkeys gather and protest
I had been running different versions of 5 Little Monkeys in my head but nothing really seemed to work, or didn’t have a point. But then two days ago I was pushing my kids on a tire swing and I was singing different sing alongs I have made up, and when I got to the…
Nina Crews and Holly Olsen: 2 people taking rhymes to the social justice level
Anyone who has glanced through my blog posts can easily see I am super fond of adapting nursery rhymes toward a social justice slant. I have shared a few of my own renditions (and more to come!) but today I am excited to share the work and genius of others. I love finding projects that…
Nursery Rhymes with Heart
Hello Activist Parents! I have something to share with you! Inspiration came while playing with my kids at the library. I adapted one nursery rhyme and one sing along. They are toddler approved, my 3 year old had several encore requests. And who better to share them with than you! Here’s to singing with toddlers!…
Social Justice themed coloring books!
Oh wow have I discovered a treasure trove of awesomeness and I am so excited to share with you! Quite by accident I came across The Indigenous Adventures of Princess Vanae, a coloring book designed by a 6-year-old and her mother that teaches about black indigenous cultures. I will absolutely be purchasing one for my…
What are you unintentionally teaching through the books you choose for your kids?
How we teach bias at storytime.
For toddlers, having creative out-of-the-box thinking can be more important than facts
For toddlers, creative thinking is more important than facts