team umizoomi's everybody counts

Team Umizoomi's song teaches an important message of inclusion. Their message is that everybody counts and that things can be better if you do them together.

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Check out this Mighty Math team's new video and song celebrating how we're all different and how everybody counts!
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You can help your child appreciate all the ways people are different and value the multicultural world they live in--even in your own local community.
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Making a Collage to Celebrate Difference

Look through magazines with your child and cut out pictures of all kinds of people--tall, short, heavy, thin, old, young--being sure to represent lots of different cultures and races and to include people with disabilities. Write "Everybody Counts" at the top of a large piece of paper and have your child glue on all the cut-out pictures. Hang up the collage at child's-eye level.
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After you make the collage, sing the Umizoomi song chorus together:

All kinds of people
Never leave anybody out
All kinds of people
Stand up, everybody counts
Oh, oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh, oh

Using the collage, talk about the different kinds of people in it. How many people have red hair? How many people have curly hair? Can you find a tall person and a short person? Is anyone wearing glasses? Is anyone wearing clothing that you think is unusual? Do boys and girls from other countries look the same or different from us? Point out that although no two people are identical and we all look and act different, at our core we're equals and everybody should be treated with respect.
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Creating a Friendship Book

With your child, draw pictures of all her or his friends. Or take photos when friends come to visit. On each page, ask your child to tell you what that friend is good at and write it down next to the picture. For example, Maria can throw a ball, Jamil can draw animals, Patty is good at sharing. Put all the pictures together into a friendship book. You can staple the pages together or make holes and bind the book with yarn or paper fasteners.
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Barbara Sprung and Merle Froschl, co-authors of this article, are Co-Directors of the Educational Equity Center at FHI 360 and the authors of The Anti-Bullying and Teasing Book for Preschool Classrooms.
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