As we begin to get comfortable in routines, rules and connections we've observed some identity themes emerging. In conversations, play and observations the Pre-K class has shown an interest in comparing, relating, and describing their perceptions.
Big Themes of Identity:
- skin colors
- "Where do you live? I live..."
- gender presentation
Big Questions about child identity
- What impacts child confidence and leadership?
- What characteristics do children notice about other people?
- How do children perceive and represent cultural, ethnic and gender identities?
Parent, Family, Caregivers:
What do you want to know about child identities?
Feel free to comment here or view our comment panel in the classroom next week
Photos: Identity Themes
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Today at lunch Sophia started discussing how Syd has not been to her house, soon the whole room was comparing apartment floor numbers, letters and how many people live in their home. This is an important aspect of differentiating, building similarities and noticing the separations between home identity, school identity and the different people in those spaces.
Sophia: You know, you never been to my house! I live on the 11th floor in the purple building.
Cian: Yeah, you never been to my home either, I live on the 4th
Cooper: Yeah, me too, I live on the top floor.
James: I live on 7M. You never been there.
Ben: Cooper's been to my house
Gender expression has also been an interesting topic. Many children are only used to stereotypes of gender they see and hear about from society, in the classroom Pre-K children are free to explore gender through clothing, play and conversations. When a boy wears a dress, uses pink or sings there is often fun questioning and enlightening discussion.
Asha: Wait, silly, boys can't wear dresses
Caleb: But I do. I like pink and princesses.
Sophia: And Nolan likes the pink dress too!
Asha: Oh, but my brother doesn't like them I guess.
Thanks for reading! Be in touch with any identity questions you may have!