Individual Differences Supporting Individual Differences Through Play
Cultural Diversity <ul><li>Visible minorities </li></ul><ul><li>Non – visible minorities </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural divers...
Cultural Diversity <ul><li>We need to represent cultural diversity in our centre. </li></ul><ul><li>We need to be aware of...
Family Values <ul><li>We need to be aware that the values at home will be apparent in play. </li></ul><ul><li>Some home va...
Gender Differences <ul><li>Girls tend to be more interested in playing with dolls, engaging in art and music. </li></ul><u...
Gender Equity <ul><li>Assign helping tasks equally to boys and girls. </li></ul><ul><li>Represent dress up clothes for bot...
Respect Individual Differences <ul><li>As educator’s of young children we need to be aware of individual differences and p...
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  • Visible minorities – include individuals who look different from the majority group because of obvious differences. Non – visible minorities – individuals who look the same as members of the majority culture.
  • E.g. from Brighter Beginnings
  • Individual differences

    1. 1. Individual Differences Supporting Individual Differences Through Play
    2. 2. Cultural Diversity <ul><li>Visible minorities </li></ul><ul><li>Non – visible minorities </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural diversity is often not observable </li></ul><ul><li>We may miss differences of religion, language, and customs </li></ul>
    3. 3. Cultural Diversity <ul><li>We need to represent cultural diversity in our centre. </li></ul><ul><li>We need to be aware of stereotyping or bias within our classroom. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Family Values <ul><li>We need to be aware that the values at home will be apparent in play. </li></ul><ul><li>Some home values may conflict with centre values. </li></ul><ul><li>Close relationships with families can help to blend the two settings </li></ul>
    5. 5. Gender Differences <ul><li>Girls tend to be more interested in playing with dolls, engaging in art and music. </li></ul><ul><li>Boys tend to be more interested in playing with blocks, cars and trucks. </li></ul><ul><li>Many families clearly assign gender by the way they dress, by their hairstyle, by body decorations and by the status assigned to the work they do. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Gender Equity <ul><li>Assign helping tasks equally to boys and girls. </li></ul><ul><li>Represent dress up clothes for both genders. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide books and pictures of diversity in gender roles </li></ul><ul><li>Invite guests from diverse roles </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage play in all areas. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Respect Individual Differences <ul><li>As educator’s of young children we need to be aware of individual differences and plan our play experiences with respect and sensitivity. </li></ul>Created by Joanne McDonald, 2010

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