After reading a recent post on Gluten Free Easily, I had to share it. It’s written by the owner of a Michigan preschool, Cindy Winther. She talks about how she works with the children to teach them tolerance of others with food allergies or intolerances.
I LOVE this. This is what we all want for our kids – a safe, inclusive, understanding environment. More commonly, at least my experience so far, it’s been easier for everyone if Autumn just didn’t participate in whatever activity might be unsafe. We of course don’t want our child to be put at risk, so we have to go along with that scenario. BUT what if the teacher were willing to change the curriculum to include her? Not use cereal or marshmallows to count with, not have a cookie decorating project at the class party, not have a pizza or ice cream party as the class prize for achievement… This article shows how those changes can teach all the children a more valuable lesson about including and caring for others.
I’ve had over 20 years experience in environmental education and I’ve seen first hand that when the children really care about eachother, they become more interested in working as a team, respecting eachother, and getting along better which in turn makes for a better learning and teaching environment.
This would be a great article to share with teachers. In fact, I’ve started a new category today called Teacher Resources. We’ll be able to give our teachers these articles so they can learn more about our children and how it doesn’t have to be a bad thing to alter the curriculum a little bit to include everyone.
If you have other helpful teacher resources, please share them with me.
Until next time, Lisa