Introduction Cultural diversity can be integrated throughout the curriculum and
Introduction Cultural diversity can be integrated throughout the curriculum and the learning environment.  This assignment allows students to evaluate the multicultural approaches used by a current early childhood practitioner. The Assignment ***Assignment 1 is an alternate assignment due to childcare restrictions: if you have access to a childcare center you will do the second assignment.  It should be noted which assignment you choose: Assignment: This assignment has 3 parts: Part 1. Watch the video "Promoting Cultural Diversity in the Classroom."  Once you  have viewed the video several times choose 3 of the activities discussed in the video that promote cultural diversity.  Each example should discuss (in a minimum of 5 sentences) the following questions: *how does the activity promote diversity, culture? *how would you implement the activity in your classroom.  Part 2. When thinking of your ideal classroom decide on some materials you would like to have that would promote cultural diversity.  (dolls, art materials, books, toys, etc) *since you cannot visit a classroom you will need to do some research and find 5 items that you would choose. Pictures of these 5 items must be included with a 5 sentence write up discussing why you chose that item and how it will help to address diversity in your classroom.  -the 5 items must be completely different- in other words if you choose dolls that would be one item and you would include  a picture of a set of multicultural dolls. Part 3: a summary paragraph (minimum of 5 sentences) should be included that focuses on the importance of cultural diversity in the classroom. (pull from your text to support your discussion) -how do you plan to meet the needs of ALL the children in your classroom? -why is it important that children see themselves/families represented in classroom materials? -how will you address diveristy/culture throughout the year? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Assignment 2: Observe in an early classroom environment (children ages 3 years to 5 years) to determine the appropriateness and adequacy/lack of the multicultural materials in the classroom.  Included with your submission should be the attached observation form filled out by you and the classroom teacher where your observation takes place.  Part 1: Make a list of the multicultural items you see.  The list must include 5 items at a minimum. Give specifics - what types of books did you see?  clothes?  **Pictures must be included for at least 5 of the items Part 2: Choose 3 of the classroom items that truely reflect cultural diversity.  Each example should discuss (in a minimum of 5 sentences ) the following questions: *how does the activity promote diversity, culture? *how would you implement the item into your classroom?  *are the items representative of the population of children in the classroom? Part 3: a summary paragraph (minimum of 5 sentences) should be included that focuses on the importance of cultural diversity in the classroom.  (pull from your text to support your discussion) -how do you plan to meet the needs of ALL the children in your classroom? -why is it important that children see themselves/families represented in classroom materials? -how will you address diveristy/culture throughout the year? Grading Criteria Maximum points are given when: A list of items is included  (5 points for each item) Reflection questions addressed:  Appropriateness of the item The culture item represents and reflective of population (10 points for each) Summary paragraph included  of a minimum of 7 sentences (10 points) Quality recommendations and reflections are given in summary paragraph  (10 points) Photos attached for at least 5 of the items (10 points) Points are deducted for errors in spelling and grammar.  Also noted is clarity of the submission and students comprehension of the content. Resources Textbook chapter 6 

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