All You Need is Love
We have kicked off the year focusing on love, diversity, and kindness. There is a lot happening in America right now that has unsettled many of us. Yes, we are a preschool, but our energy radiates through and children can sense when something feels different. If there is stress and anxiety in our adult world, they pick up on that too. So we want to make sure to honor those feelings and give ourselves and them context for dealing with this both at home and at school.
We also know that a lot of us have been involved with marches and protests in the last few weeks, so we thought it was important to provide a platform to learn and grow together through this difficult time. Each classroom has a different way of realizing these themes, but at the core we are all celebrating the cultural diversity we are so honored to be a part of. It’s never too early to start learning to love and respect each other for what we hold in our hearts rather than be judged for what we have on the outside.
In the wise words of our Preschool Two friends, their dreams for the world include:
“Poder ser amigos” (“be able to be friends”)
“Planting flowers and snuggling”
“Decorate the world with Christmas stuff”
“Build more buildings to help ouchies”
“Tell everyone to be nicer”
“Make a house that can go into outer space to make the world a different color”
We want to make sure everyone at our school feels empowered to use their voice. We may be small and some of us may still be working on language development, but we all deserve to be heard. Here’s to raising strong global citizens who are on the path to making a difference in our world.
Erika Membreno serves as the Curriculum Coordinator and Preschool One Co-Teacher at World City Center. She works closely with all of our preschool classrooms to integrate our diverse cultural curriculum and support our teacher teams with child-led lesson development. She holds a Bachelors Degree from UCLA and has over 10 years of early childhood experience in the Los Angeles Area.