Funds of Knowledge and Discussions of Diversity With Children

Discuss ways to apply children’s funds of knowledge when engaging with families. Analyze the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in work with children.

Is the concept of funds of knowledge new to you or something you are familiar with? Consider the ways funds of knowledge could be more significantly integrated into your own teaching or in the learning experiences you observe others teaching. How can educators find out about the funds of knowledge of different families and children? What are some reasons teachers might avoid discussions of race and other differences with young children? Why are they important topics for teachers to be able to navigate? Have you ever heard children discuss skin color or differences they notice? Did you have the knowledge or tools to have a follow-up discussion with the children? If not, how can you acquire what you need?