In Arizona, the weather allows children to enjoy outdoor play year-round. No matter what outdoor activities attract children’s attention, I often notice the same pattern—boys play with boys, and girls play with girls. One morning, most of the boys gather around the large toy dump trucks, and a group of girls prepares for a birthday party in the sandbox. As the girls make cakes out of wet sand, a boy drives his truck over and stops to watch. Observing his interest, I wonder what I can do to help bring these preschoolers together.
Children thrive in inclusive settings where each child is an important part of the community. When differences are celebrated and similarities discovered, children learn to value themselves, appreciate their peers, and develop meaningful and significant relationships with one another.... continue reading [INSERT LINK TO INTERACTIVE PDF]
About the Authors
Hillary Manaster, MEd, is a program manager at the Sanford Harmony Program at Arizona State University in Tempe. Hillary worked as an early elementary school teacher for 10 years and has spent the past five years focusing on supporting early social and emotional development. firstname.lastname@example.org
Maureen Jobe, MEd, is a second grade teacher at the Arizona State University Preparatory Academy in Phoenix. Maureen has taught young children for 19 years in inclusive preschool and elementary settings. email@example.com
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