Roots and Wings: Affirming Culture in Early Childhood Programs

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Prentice Hall, Jul 15, 2005 - Education - 272 pages
""Roots and Wings" will open doors to beginners in cultural diversity education, and will enrich the more experienced readers. It is a grand tool for assisting early childhood educators to address the many-faceted and complex issues of cultural diversity and racial prejudice. . . . I recommend this book to any teacher, caregiver, or parent who wants to begin learning what it means to foster young children's respect for themselves and others." -- Louise Derman-Sparks, author, "AntiBias Curriculum"More than a decade ago, "Roots and Wings" was published as the first practical resource for early childhood teachers on the then new topic of multicultural education. This invaluable guide is now completely updated to respond to present day anti-bias issues in educating young children."Roots and Wings" provides a thorough, clear, and practical introduction to working with diverse children and families in early childhood settings. With more than 100 new and revised activities, practical examples, and staff training recommendations, the revised edition includes new chapters on bilingual education, culturally responsive teaching, and children and prejudice. Seamlessly blending theory and practice, Roots and Wings is an ideal resource for preschool teachers, early childhood programs at colleges and universities, and training workshops.Stacey York is an instructor in the Child Development Department at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She conducts multicultural workshops around the country and is also the author of "Big As Life: The Everyday Inclusive Curriculum."

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This book is fantastic. As a white teacher who wants to teach children of all races in an anti-racist way, this book provides tons of concrete suggestions. York writes in an accessible way. I appreciated the section on the diversity of family cultures around child-rearing and how teachers can adjust curriculum to accommodate families' differing values. This has been an essential text in my journey towards anti-bias teaching.  



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Stacey York is an instructor in the child development department at Minneapolis Community and Technical College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She conducts multicultural workshops around the country and is also author of Big As Life: The Everyday Inclusive Curriculum, available from Redleaf Press,

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