It is so important to value and recognize the different cultured children that we have in our preschools.There are so many ways to do this.Most of the kids are very retentive and excited to learn some bits of a different language or facts about other cultures.It is the "spice" of life.we should not be timid about validating all these beautiful children, their ethnicities,and cultures.Ive found it to be one of the most enjoyable activities for my kids.
I'm grateful for this topic! I encourage non-Native teachers like myself to look to indigenous educators, families, and community groups for guidance in sharing truthful knowledge and practices about the community with students. I have learned a lot from an Oyate Press book written years back, editor Beverly Slapin. We should make sure we are learning about the true lives of indigenous communities and individuals, or else we doom our students to perpetuating negative and harmful stereotypes.
Try to have your sources for books etc be created by those the materials refer to. "Nothing ABOUT us WITHOUT us."
Such good and caring responses about teaching Tribal and Indigenous languages in the classroom. I know that in some places teaching these languages in the classroom are keeping the languages alive and giving all languages a voice in the community.
A few years ago one of the dads in the preschool program where I taught wanted Spanish to be taught in our classroom. I didn't know much Spanish, but he and I worked together to label items in the classroom in both Spanish and English. Since it was a parent participation class, everyone, children and adults benefited!