The World Around Them

Preschool is such an exciting time in the lives of children. They are becoming more independent and using their senses to discover the world around them. Children are eager to learn and look to adults to answer many of life’s puzzles. Children also begin to develop an understanding of self. They notice other children and the similarities and differences among them.

Children’s views and ideas of the world and the people around them are largely shaped by the environment in which they learn. As children are exposed to different experiences they can either develop positive or negative attitudes. It is important for child care providers and parents or guardians to offer a variety of opportunities that expose children to the diversity of the world we live in.

When people speak about diversity, it is often limited to race, culture, and religion when in fact diversity is much more. Children need to understand that people come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and abilities. When children see someone who is “not like them”, they may ask questions and it is important to answer them honestly and completely as possible. This helps children understand why people are different and that although we all have differences, we are all people first.