At one point when your mind gets saturated thinking and writing about the same topic over several days, it does need a break from the routine.
As well for the readers, I understand!
That’s how this post got converted to a home task format for children 😀
Q – Quiz: 7 food for thought to get children introduced to equality and diversity
Post #17 of the series: Instilling Social Equality in Children
I created 7 images each with a question or activity for children. If you think that your children are at the right age to think and share their views about the questions, please take some time to do so. It can be one question a day or over a casual conversation during dinner and not necessarily something that you need to do in a formal way.
The idea behind these questions is to subtly introduce to children that there can be different people across the world – old, disabled, people of different skin colours, those who were different clothing, and speak different languages.
What is expected of the parents is to:
- Show them the picture
- Read out the question if they still cannot read sentences
- And wait!
- Give them time to think about it. Tell them they can take a day or two if they wanted
- Explain the question to them if required
- Allow them to express their thoughts in their own way. Not to interfere in their thought process is the idea
- It could be first time they get to think about some questions. Said that, some may take longer than others for them to answer
- For the activities, check if they are interested to do. They might need your help to do though
- If their answer is, “I don’t know” it is still absolutely okay
- After you completely hear them, if you have something to add or would want to give them a different perspective, do so
- Use these questions as starters to initiate conversations on the topics
- Remember, the intention is to drive the sense of equality in them and the words we use and the attitude we put in what we say matters
- If you would like to share your experience with me, it would be the best thing out of this entire series for me to listen
Finding the languages and the pronunciation can help them see how most Indian languages are connected at their roots. Interestingly, the word sounds the same in most languages.
For the dressing-up, the picture provided is a sample. You may want to browse and show your child other costumes of India or elsewhere. As mentioned in the D for Diversity post, it can be fun to choose a clothing style that is different from what you usually wear or your traditional wear.