Cultivating Empathy

Empathy between children and the world is a main developmental objective for preschool children. They don’t differentiate between themselves and others. Cultivating relationships with animals, both real and imagined, is one of the best ways to foster empathy during early childhood. Children want to run like deer, to slither along the ground like snakes, to be clever as foxes, and quick like bunnies (adapted from Sobel, David. 1999).
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Does this sound like anything we have been doing in our Kindermusik classes? The Watch Me book from the Wiggles and Giggles class gets kids off to a great start. What other books, poems, words or songs can inspire your child to move like a …

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