This world is made up of uniqueness and differences. It is wonderful. Celebrating diversity and learning about differences is enlightening and powerful. Some ways to teach children about diversity, (and therefore tolerance), include:
- Research one's own family tree/heritage. What similarities and differences may be seen throughout your own family?
- Learn about the culture of a friend with a different ethnic background. Ask questions.
- Try new ethnic foods. Go to authentic restaurants and make recipes on your own.
- Encourage children to see the beauty in those around them. Discuss ways others are uniquely beautiful and compliment others.
- Read (children) books focusing on tolerance, diversity and peacefulness.
- Research famous leaders who have fought for the rights of others, (Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, etc.)
- Attend a party, celebration, or ethnic event different from one's own. A few ideas include: Bar Mitzvah, quincernera, Kwanza gathering, Indian Wedding, cultural fair or other celebration or event.
- Discuss ways that people may be different, (different cultures, different looks, different abilities, special needs, different beliefs, etc.)