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Honoring Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans

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Find age-appropriate ways to celebrate contributions made by Asian American and Pacific Islander American artists, authors, and scientists. 

  • Get creative and make art with your infant or toddler inspired by Sikh-American graffiti artist, Nisha Sembi. 
  • Read books to your preschooler that show the culture, beauty, and strength of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans. 
  • Plant flowers, fruits, and veggies with your school-age child in honor of the work done by Samoan biologist, Amy Maslen-Miller. 
We are sharing incredible stories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to recognize and celebrate the contributions they have made to history and current culture. 
Looking through a person-first lens, we’re focusing on the human experience. As part of our anti-bias approach to education, we help children build empathy while gaining a positive sense of self by acknowledging our similarities and seeing our differences as the assets that they really are. We support and encourage students to feel proud of who they are without the need to feel superior to anyone else. We create a safe space that naturally invites caring connections to be made because after all, everyone is welcome in our circle.  
AAPI Month

Check out these age-appropriate activities to bring this learning home and honor these artists, visionaries, authors, and scientists.  
Babies and Toddlers 
A universal language that extends beyond borders – art is a great way to convey our feelings. In our classrooms, we’re feeling inspired by Sikh-American graffiti artist Nisha Sembi. She uses her art to express her identity and culture with the world. Explore this form of expression by getting creative at home. From finger painting to drawing to sidewalk chalk, go ahead and get a little messy together. When you’re done, you can even make a mini gallery of your work by naming your pieces and hanging them on the wall. 
Reading can transport us to faraway places, introduce us to new people, and inspire us. In our classrooms we will be reading books that highlight the culture, beauty, and strength of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans. To continue the conversation at home, here are a few books you could read at bedtime
  • “Eyes That Kiss in the Corners,” is a celebration of diversity written by Taiwanese Chinese American children's book author, Joanna Ho. This book invites you to find beauty in your uniqueness.  
  • “The Fearless Flights of Hazek Ying,” tells the incredible story of the first Chinese American woman to fly in the US military. Author Julie Leung brings this ground-breaking person to life, inspiring children to challenge barriers and reach for the sky. 
  • “Superheroes Are Everywhere,” explores the life of author and Vice President, Kamala Harris. Featuring art by Mechal Renee Roe, it shows kids that the power to make the world a better place is inside all of us. 
School Age Children 
Discovery can be found each and every day. In our classrooms, we will be talking about Samoan biologist, Amy Maslen-Miller. After overcoming academic setbacks in high school, she has emerged as well-known scientist who studies indigenous plants. To bring this theme home, why not try planting together? From a window-box garden to simple potted plants to a backyard of blooms, choose what you want to grow as a family, then set out to bring your flowers, fruits, and veggies to life. 

Learning through the eyes of others and breaking through stereotypes helps kids to develop respect and appreciation for people like—and unlike—themselves. When we acknowledge and appreciate human diversity, we cultivate an inclusive community for all.
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