Roots (pre-k to first) w/Laura:
This week, we learned about how we can express who we are in lots of different ways. One of those ways is the pronouns that we like people to use for us, such as she/her, he/him, or they/them. Then the kids colored in self-portraits and drew the kinds of clothes that they feel most comfortable in.
Seedlings (2nd-5th) and Youth (Middle & High School) w/Piaf & Solveij:
This week, we kicked off Pride month by revisiting its roots with a book called “Marsha and Sylvia Start a Revolution” about Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera and the Stonewall Uprising. Using the story and the background knowledge that the kids already had, we discussed the impact these two trans women of color had on the LGBTQ+ movement. In the discussion, many important and challenging questions came to light, such as when and where did homophobia/transphobia originate, how have different cultures viewed this community over time, and whether all progress towards greater equality and inclusion inevitably comes with a backlash. Finally, we headed outside to work on a poster about the origins of Pride and eat snacks!