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When Mrs. Mack says she will soon be a grandmother, her students realize that teachers have families just like they do! Suddenly everyone in the class wants to share information about his or her own unique family.
Family types that are represented in this book include those with adopted children, those with multiple generations under one roof, single parents, gay and lesbian couples, those with parents that cannot be present every day, those with step families (including step-parents, brothers, and sisters),those with family members all over the world, two-parent households, children living with grandparents, and children who go back and forth between divorced parents.
The illustrations are effective and show cultural diversity in addition to the diverse types of families being described through the prose. The characters are diverse and the children who are exposed to this book will see multiple views. All the family types are represented in a positive light through the eyes of the children in the story.
Books and Storytime:
- After reading ‘All Families are Special’, start your own discussion about families – how many people do they live with? Who has a pet? Ensure that educators are accepting and positive about each unique family structure.
Art & Craft:
- After reading ‘All Families Are Special’ encourage children to draw their family. Provide a variety of materials, colours and mirrors for children to use. Ask children to pick one thing that makes their special and include this below their pictures. Display the portraits around the centre.
- Create a family tree at the service. Encourage families to bring in photos of their family to display
- Communicate with parents and families, asking them to share something special about their family or a special tradition in their family. Children can then bring in an item, photo etc. to share something special about their family. By learning about family traditions we can build on our relationships with families and may also be able to implement these traditions within the centre.
- Ensure your dramatic play section includes clothing from a range of different cultures, in particular those that are represented within your organisation. Have children try on the various items of clothing and discuss the culture that wears each one and why/how that style of clothing was created. Place the items in the dramatic play area so that children can wear the clothing as part of their play scenarios.
- Introduce felt boards, finger puppets and magnet boards representing people from different cultures, family structures and with different abilities
- Provide simple puzzles that represent diversity – including diversity of culture, gender and abilities
- How to help children understand diverse families – BrightHorizons
- Talking to children about changes to family structure – KidsMatter
Related items in our catalogue
- It’s Okay To Be Different – Todd Parr
- Career mix and match puzzles
- Family Photo wooden puzzle
- Greeting Grandma and Grandpa wooden puzzle
- Multicultural Community puzzles
- Ten Little Children – magnet board & story
- Multicultural finger puppets – set of 10
- Anti-Bias family felt set
- Special people – book
- Rolling Along – the tale of Taylor and his wheelchair
- ‘Who cares about disabled people?’ Book
- ‘Who cares about race and colour?’ Book
- ‘Who cares about elderly people?’ Book
The research for this resource was made possible through a grant from the Central Coast Council.