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  • 1. Children and Families in a Diverse Society
    Families in Our Classrooms
    Developmental Characteristics of Young Children in a Diverse Society
    Dr. Francisco J. Brizuela
  
  • 2. What is Family?
    Traditional Beliefs
    Mom, Dad, and the children
    Non-Traditional
    Single parent, friends, same-sex parents, etc
  • 3. Who is in your family?
    Our children are always happy and proud to respond these questions. Are we ready to understand and accept their responses?
    My family is comprised of…
    I think my family is traditional/nontraditional because…
    What makes my family unique is..
  • 4. Functions and Roles of the Family
    Our society needs families
    Families play a very important role in societies
    Myth:
    Troubled youth always come for dysfunctional families
    Successful youth only come from well-structured, traditional families
    Brizuela, 2011
  • 5. Family Roles
    Provide love and nurturance to their members
    Keep people together
    Meet the basic need of their members
    Provide role models for their younger members
    Support each other
    Model problem-solving skills to their members
    Establish a sense of cultural diversity
    Model how to live in a social group
    Robles and Beck, 2010
  • 6. Family Models
    Robles and Neck, 2010
  • 7. Problems Facing the American Families
    Homeless families
    Unemployment
    Immigrant Status
    Educational systems
    Diversity
    Other
  • 8. Early Childhood Development
    It is an integrated and coherent process experience by all individuals (Robles and Beck, 2010)
    We must be capable of providing our children with developmentally appropriate learning experiences
    The learning experiences must be meaningful and relevant to your students’ own ethnic, cultural, religious backgrounds
  • 9. Key Elements of Developmentally and Culturally Appropriate PracticesRobles & Beck, 2010
    Universal Development Patterns
    Individual Development
    Social and Cultural Experiences
  • 10. How do Our Children Socialize?
    Robles & Beck, 2010
  • 11. Cited References
    Robles de Melendez, W and Beck, V. (2010). Teaching young children in multicultural classrooms: Issues, concepts, and strategies. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning