Activity 1: Poem, Like Me
Activity time: 10 minutes
Materials for Activity
Preparation for Activity
- Collect multiple pictures of children from around the world. You can purchase the book Global Babies from the Montessori Services website.
- Print out the poem (Story - Like Me) and prepare to present it with the questions that are interspersed.
- Optional: Download, print, and copy the coloring sheet for "Like Me"
Description of Activity
This activity helps participants look for ways they are like others when meeting new friends in new places.
Gather participants around you. Ask them to raise their hand if they have long hair. Mention that more than one person shares this trait. Now ask the participants to raise their hand if they like ice cream. Comment on the number of people who share a love for ice cream. If you know something that is true about the whole group, use that example, as well.
Now ask the children what it means to be new to a school, faith community, or neighborhood. How does it feel to be new? How does it feel to have someone new come to your group?
Tell them they will hear a poem about a little boy who has a new person in his class at school. The little boy is talking to his Dad. First the little boy thinks of all the things that are different about the new boy. Then he begins to realize there are many other ways the two boys are the same.
Read the poem aloud one time through, without stopping for the process questions.
Then, read aloud one stanza at a time. At the end of each stanza use the process questions.
Talk with the children about why it is important to remember that every person is important.
Now, pass out one picture per person. Ask participants to look at their picture and think of ways in which the person in the picture is just like them. Explain that when we look at pictures we can only see physical things like eye color, or length of hair. Only when we get to know another person are we able to find common likes, feelings and goals. That is why it is so important that we are open to all people as new friends we want to know better.
Including All Participants
This poem is by the parent of a child with Down Syndrome. Because "special ed" is mentioned in the poem, be particularly aware of participants in your group who may have special needs or have family members that have special needs. Talking about ways in which we are alike requires sensitivity to those children. Continually help children identify ways in which they are alike physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually, and spiritually.