“The greatest genius will never be worth much if he pretends to draw exclusively from his own resources” (Johann van Goethe)
May this page will inspire you with the abundance of resources in Early Childhood Education. More varieties of resources, the broader point of views, the deeper wisdom…
1. Resources of My Position Statement and Influential Practices:
“Where We Stand on Responding to Linguistic and Cultural Diversity?”
An Article from The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
The document from National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) with the title Where We Stand on Responding to Linguistic and Cultural Diversity (2009) gave me a broader and deeper view to understand this matter. This article emphasized that, for young children, linguistic and cultural diversity is an asset, not a deficit. Therefore, as the educator or teacher, we are responsible to create an appropriate environment that respect diversity, encourage the ties to the children’s families and community, and promotes both second language acquisition and preserve the cultural identities.
It is an important knowledge and understanding that every cultural background of each child is respected and appreciated. This article provided many recommendations of the comprehensive approaches to work with the family, the young children, and the preparation for the early childhood professionals toward this matter.
After reading the resources from NAEYC about the linguistic and cultural diversity, I began examining my own cultural background and my own children’s development in acquiring the proficiency of the languages around them. Definitely it brings the wisdom to answer the question where I should put my feet as a professional educator in the field of early childhood education. We are as the educator, must be able to implement it in the curriculum at school, ensuring the children to remain cognitively, linguistically and emotionally connected to their culture. According to this article, this action has the cognitive advantage that contributes to the children’s ability to acquire English language proficiency.
As a teacher and educator, I also must realize of the children’s right according to the goals of their education. Actively I should encourage the family of my students to realize that their home’s cultural values and norms are honored, and help them to realize the cognitive advantage of a child knowing more than one language. Then I can provide the family with the right support with my work with the children in the school. I can implement that aspects into the curriculum such as held an international day at school so that the children can show their different cultures; maybe encourage them to speak with their language in front of the class. Once again, they need to be convinced that home cultural and norms are honored.
2. Resource to Global Support for Children’s Right and Well-Being
UNICEF: Fact Sheet: A Summary of the Rights Under the Convention on the Rights of the Child
According to the UNICEF, a child is a person below the age of 18, unless the laws of a particular country set the legal age for adulthood younger. The UNICEF convention on the right of the children has 54 articles. They cover four different groupings of rights: survival, protection, development and participation.
It is clearly declared in the document, the right to respect every child’s culture trough education. Specifically, in article 29, about the Goal of Education, it is said that children’s education should develop each child’s personality, talents and abilities to the fullest. It should encourage the children to respect others, human rights and their own and other cultures. Children also have a particular responsibility to respects the rights of their parents and education should aim to develop respect for the values and culture of their parents.
The document I read from the UNICEF about the summary of the children’s rights is a must reading document for all professional in the early childhood field. The document will provide a solid foundation to really understand what the basic rights of all children in the world are. There are many rights need to know, from the right to be treated fairly on any basis, right in education, survival and development, parental responsibilities, protection from violence and many more. If we understand the children’s right, we are as the parent, professional, practitioner or even a policy maker in the early childhood field will be able to take the right action to protect the children in our life. Because protecting the children’s life is a key to develop a great nation.
3. Inspiring Book:
“Awakening Your Child’s Natural Genius”
Enhancing curiosity, creativity and learning ability
A book by Thomas Armstrong, PhD
If you are a parent or a teacher, or whoever you are-and looking for new and creative ways to help their youngsters develop and achieve their full potential, this book can be the answer!
I bought this book since 2004, then it become one of my ‘bible books’ in educating my own children in finding practical ideas for activities to do at home. This book also has authoritative advice on how to get the most out of their children’s schools. The illustrations and photographs in this book were totally awesome!
Grab this book and indulge yourself in this book!
4. Inspiring Quotes:
“The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.””
(Maria Montessori, Italian Physician and Educator, 1870-1952)
“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.”
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5. Inspiring TV Program
Supernanny is a reality television programme which originated in the United Kingdom about parents struggling with their children’s behaviour. The UK version has aired on Channel 4 since 2004.
The show features professional nanny Jo Frost, who devotes each episode to helping a family where the parents are struggling with their child rearing. Through instruction and observation, she shows the parents alternative ways to discipline their children and regain order in their households. Frost is a proponent of the “naughty chair” theory of discipline and is strictly opposed to spanking.
The series has since inspired a number of international versions. The US version, which has aired six seasons on the ABC Network since 2005, is also hosted by Jo Frost. The show’s US debut took place just weeks after a competing series Nanny 911 began airing on the Fox network.
Jo Frost was born in England, 1971. While having no children of her own, Frost has 21 years’ experience in the field of childcare, working as a nanny in the UK and the USA, including work with families on the television series Supernanny, which is shown in 49 countries. Jo Frost can be the great inspiration for everybody that to work with children, you don’t have to have children of your own first. Just great passion, love and care for all of the children around you.