Homeschool: The Importance of a Multicultural Education and a Book to Start the Conversation

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I had a very disturbing and sad experience yesterday that inspired this post.  That experience showed me that the necessity for this post is paramount.  This particular incident didn’t involve race discrimination, but rather entitlement due to religion.  It wasn’t geared towards me.  I was a bystander to the train derailment that took place, and let me tell you – it was scary.

Now is the time to be extra vigilant because  the futures of innocents are at stake.

As I see it, this is the power of homeschooling.  We as parents can take on the role of raising true world citizens.  We can make it a priority!

The visual on top is funny, isn’t it?  Why would I add a picture of colored pencils to the top of a multiculturalism post?  Well, the colored pencils represent all of us – and all of our differences.  Not only skin color – but beliefs, religions (or lack of religion), political status, place we live, things we eat – everything.  Everything melds together into one because we all live in this world – together.  The only way we can live together and love each other – is to understand the things that make us unique.

What is Multiculturalism?  As taken directly from the web – Multiculturalism is the doctrine that several different cultures (rather than one national culture) can coexist peacefully and equitably in a single country.

Imagine that?  Look at the words Peacefully and equitably.  What do those two words mean?

Ladies and gentleman, if we do not teach our children to love one another – these prejudices and injustices will go on.  The thing is, no matter what you do, your children will have to go out into the world and interact with other people.  A Christian man will have a boss who is an Atheist.  A white woman will have to work side by side with a black man (maybe even one wearing a hoodie – maybe not).  A Mormon will sit next to and interact with a Catholic.  These interactions will happen no matter how much we try to shield our children from them.  They will happen – and the kids will need to know how to deal with it – not only for the sake of their jobs, but for the sake of their friendships and also for the sake of humankind.

It’s not about trying to convince someone to come into your way of believing.  WRONG MESSAGE.  That will push people away and increase the divide.  Instead, it’s about true understanding from the heart.  We need to teach our children to take the time and listen.

 

 

Fear and ignorance breed hate.  There is no room for “hate” in this world.

 

 

How do we go about teaching our children to love one another?  Here are some ideas I can think of.

 

  • Celebrate multiculturalism.  Attend fairs and bazaars with your children.  Introduce your children to different types of foods and drinks.

 

  • Celebrate other holidays and introduce your kids to different traditions.  Just a few weeks ago, I wrote about 3 holidays just in December and included free printables on Multicultural Kids Blogs.

 

  • Don’t focus on how others are the enemy and we need to learn about them to shield ourselves against them and their.  Entirely the WRONG message.  Instead, talk about how not everyone believes or looks the same that we do, but we must love everybody and respect everybody and listen to understand.  It doesn’t mean that we will believe what they believe, but it means that we will be on equal ground – talking in mutual respect and love.

 

  • Learn a second language as a family.  Here is a great suggestion for “at home” language learning programs for children.  According to the linguistic society, there may be more than 7,000 – but nobody really knows.  Pick one.  I’m sure you will find something that fits your family.  It’s a great family togetherness activity.

 

  • Make a point to talk to people who don’t look like you.  Children should be encouraged play with and interact with children from all types of backgrounds and beliefs.  And yes, bring them to your house, so they can learn about you as well.

 

  • Be a good example.  If your children are hearing you talk smack about another group of people , what do you think they will do?  Lead by example.  It’s the best way to teach.

 

  • Read a book that’s not the Old Testament, The New Testament, The Quran or whatever religious text it may be.  Here is a suggestion.

 

 

 

Around the world with little pim

 

Around The World With Little Pim is a holiday eBook that is now on sale on Amazon.

Little Pim – a cute little panda bear travels around the world to celebrate the holidays with 4 friends in Mexico, Brazil, France and china.  Throughout the travels with Little Pim, your child will learn new words in Portuguese, chinese, Spanish and French.  He/she will also learn about new cultural traditions, taking planes, riding trains, different foods, different places and more!  Also your child will learn the importance of sharing his/her culture with others!

This picture book will delight and enlighten children and some adults.  Since it highlights a few different areas, I think it’s a great jumping off point for more in-depth studies.

 

Can you think of other ideas on how to introduce a child  to multiculturalism?  Or, do you have an additional book suggestion?

 

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I received Around The world with Little Pim free in exchange for my promotion of their kickstarter program.  However, all the opinions in this post are 100% my own.

 

 

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  1. We love Little Pim but I didn’t know about this book – thank you for sharing it and for your tips – all of which are very much needed. Another idea for older kids is to have a pen pal – email makes that so much easier than it used to be.
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  2. Great post! I totally agree with what you’ve said about the importance of multiculturalism and tolerance. I hadn’t heard of the books about Pim the panda, but I’ll definitely look out for them.
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  3. Another great post! If you lived in St. Louis, I think I would so have a weekly coffee date with you. I pinned this to my “education” board on Pinterest.
    Bonnie a.k.a. LadyBlogger recently posted…What’s The Point And Why Does It Matter?My Profile

  4. I’m so excited about this book! Thanks for sharing about it at Booknificent Thursday!
    Tina
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  5. Great post Lisa! Being a multicultural family ourselves, we find it really important to not only teach the customs and traditions of our homelands, but also to give our toddler a worldview understanding of how different, yet incredibly different we all are.
    Mommy Hiker recently posted…[Wandering Wisdom Wednesday] Look Deep Into Nature…My Profile

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