Children today are growing up in the most connected world we’ve ever seen. Now more than ever, it’s important to teach children to recognize and respect the physical and cultural differences that make each of us unique, nurturing kindness and compassion along the way. Research also suggests that children who learn the life skill of perspective-taking – putting aside one’s own thoughts and feelings to better understand someone else – have greater conflict resolution skills and adjust to kindergarten faster.
“As our society becomes more diverse and the world becomes more interconnected, it is essential that children learn to value different backgrounds and perspectives,” said Lou Ann McLaughlin, Franchise Owner of Primrose School of Copperfield, Primrose School of Eldridge Parkway & Primrose School of the Westchase District. “Skills like understanding other people’s viewpoints translate to later-life experiences and prepare children for the world outside of classrooms.”
At each of our Primrose locations, children learn to recognize and celebrate each other’s differences through the Primrose Exclusive Balanced Learning® approach, which emphasizes character and life skills along with intellectual, physical, and creative skills. Children are encouraged to use their natural curiosity to explore what makes people alike and different, whether they are learning to compare living and non-living things in a science lesson or painting themselves and their friends at the Art Center.
Primrose teachers also introduce children to different cultures and help them develop an appreciation for diversity in fun and meaningful ways. Children explore themes like world heritages and world music by participating in classroom activities, such as marching in a Celebrating Cultures parade and singing songs from different parts of the world. During these activities, teachers help children identify the traits and customs that make them unique, and then encourage them to recognize and celebrate what makes others special. As children learn to recognize differences, they also learn that while people look different on the outside, all people experience the same feelings on the inside and can share similar interests. These lessons lay the foundation for lifelong confidence, acceptance, and respect for others.