Creating a curriculum that is engaging, relevant, educational and safe is particularly challenging in light of the new health-related routines early childhood educators must introduce as they re-open their programs. Even reading to children will look different in this time of social distancing. Using books with illustrations that are visible from a distance, will help you continue to use story time to encourage children to engage in meaningful conversations and develop early literacy skills.
This will be the first of several occasional articles we post that feature children’s books with bright and bold pictures that teachers can read out loud while ensuring that children maintain a safe distance from their peers. This week our focus is books that can help engage children in a broader conversation about diversity by celebrating differences — an important reminder as our country grapples with ongoing protests and fights for equality.