Identity Work in Lower School: Kindergarten Self-Portrait Project

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The Kindergarten Team

Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of our identity work in Kindergarten. The Kindergarten Self-Portrait Project is the culmination of a year-long study about identity. Through culturally diverse read-alouds, partnerships with Upper School students, discussions, and various activities, Kindergarten students explored their internal and external traits. Throughout our identity study, our classroom communities allowed a safe space for students and teachers to engage in thoughtful discussions, ask questions, and share with one another. 

We began our study of external traits by learning about the science behind skin color and mixing our very own skin color paint. We discussed and graphed the different tones in our skin to notice that we are all alike and all different. We discussed hair color and texture. Students had time to touch different textured yarns to find the combination that matched their own hair. Students also examined their face shape, eye color, and lips. 

Our study of internal traits began by sharing pages from our very own identity books about our families, activities we enjoy, and places we call home. Students also shared with their peers things about themselves that their friends may not know about them by looking at them from the outside. We have also talked in depth about feelings and about the power of our words. 

Please enjoy some video highlights from the Kindergarten Self-Portrait Project!

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