Abby Aloni, Head of Early Childhood
Over these past few months and, perhaps, the course of this entire year, you would have been hard-pressed to not have noticed that our country's midterm elections were upon us. This goes for our children as well.
As my colleague, Sasha Kopp from the Jewish Education Project writes,
"Young children are incredibly perceptive. They see and hear the world around them and yearn to make sense of it all. Through play, children experience story-telling, role-playing, hypothesizing, and more. When you introduce young children to the concepts of democracy and citizenship you are introducing them to a fundamental value of our American educational system. The values that the democratic process teaches are important to learn regardless of whether or not it is an election year. As educators and parents, we can explicitly name these values for young children and help them engage with what they are noticing."
Our students are often looking for ways to share their voices and demonstrate their competencies as community members at school. As such, our Early Childhood faculty provides many opportunities for their students to be a part of decision-making in the classroom - a key tenet of an excellent early childhood program. These exercises bring to life these key values:
Everyone has a unique voice
Each person can make change happen
Each voice is equally important
Sometimes we are disappointed
Sometimes we disagree
Being respectful is important