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…
Tips for talking to your kids about race, gender, queer, and disability identities.
Kids ask questions. It is one thing that is dependable about them. If you have a chance to think about them before hand you can be prepared, but if you’ve already stumbled through some questions and answer sessions, it is ok. You can always come back to it. Try opening the conversation with “Remember when…
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…
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.
Fight Sexism with Nursery Rhymes
An activity my older daughter and I frequently engage in is singing together (and of course I sing to my baby), the lyrics of which I often change whether to emphasize specific characteristics (“if you are pretty and you know it” is always changed to “if you are smart and you know it”) or to…