WASHINGTON, USA: Dancing to the Beat of a Native Drum

A few days ago my four-year old daughter informed me that one of her pre-school teachers is Native American.  I asked her how she knew about this, to which she responded that her teacher told the class.  Her teachers use a developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) framework (see more on this at http://www.naeyc.org/dap/faq) for teaching.

The topic of everyone being different and coming from different cultural backgrounds emerged after the class read The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane DeRolf.  Each family was asked to work on a family tree with their child and brought it in to share with their classmates.

(Check out the Global Grover Initiative for ideas on this – there are facilitator and caregiver guides).

My daughter kept bringing up the topic of Native Americans.  She told me, “Pocahontas is Native American you know.”  I started to think of what I could do to help her learn more about Native Americans… (more…)

Eva Fannon (USA)

Eva Fannon is a working mom who lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her hubby and two girls. She was born and raised on the east coast and followed her husband out west when he got a job offer that he couldn't refuse. Eva has always been a planner, so it took her a while to accept that no matter how much you plan and prepare, being a mom means a new and different state of "normal". Despite the craziness on most weekday mornings (getting a family of four out the door in time for work and school is no easy task!), she wouldn't trade being a mother for anything in the world. She and her husband are working on introducing the girls to the things they love - travel, the great outdoors, and enjoying time with family and friends. Eva can be found on Twitter @evafannon.

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