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LCCC is Pride Proud!

Last month, our classrooms explored the significance of Pride Month and the necessity of recognizing and honoring it all year long. Our teachers facilitated discussions that went beyond mere celebration, turning Pride Month into a powerful political statement about the rights and presence of LGBTQIA individuals.

No matter their age or stage of development, it's crucial for children to learn about equality, respect, fairness, and kindness. Our teachers took on this important task with creativity and care, crafting lessons that were suitable and engaging for each unique classroom. Observing these principles being taught and embraced throughout our center is a testament to our commitment and makes us proud to be part of the Lakeshore Community.


FLAGS WAVED HIGH




A key symbol in these discussions was the rainbow flag and the trans flag, vibrant representations of the LGBTQIA community's diversity and unity. The rainbow flag, with its array of colors, symbolizes inclusivity, hope, and the beauty of individuality. Each color has its own meaning, coming together to form a powerful emblem of pride and solidarity. While the trans flag is made up of pink, blue and white to represent different genders, the transitioning of genders and the choice to not identify as any gender at all.


Engaging children in crafts that incorporate the rainbow flag and the trans flag is not only a fun and creative activity but also an educational one. Through these crafts, children can learn about the history and significance of the flags, fostering a deeper understanding of equality, respect, and kindness. Crafting helps to make abstract concepts tangible, allowing children to express their support and solidarity through their creations.


INCLUSION IS VITAL



In a document titled "How Does Learning Happen?" Ontario's Pedagogy for The Early Years that helps Childcare Centres create holistic, scaffold-based programming, the document states that "Respect for diversity, equity, and inclusion is vital." When children enter a new environment, they deserve to see themselves and their family members represented. And they should be able to find this representation through the experiences, activities and events that occur in the environment created to foster each individual child's well-being and development. As the sum of all of these things, are what makes up a child's life and the way they begin to view the world. It's our responsibility as educators to ensure they're given the tools they need to understand the importance, the vitality, of inclusivity, diversity and representation. Because promoting every child's sense of belonging and well-being matters, and they should feel welcome to be heard, seen and valued, all year, all the time.

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