As part of our three-week Social Awareness push we teach kids how to increase their sensitivity to individual preferences and appreciate the point of view of others. One way we do this is through our "March to your own beat" exercise.

Our kids recite the WINGS Creed daily during Community Unity. One of the lines specifically states, “I understand others are unique. I want to learn more about everyone I meet.” But it is important to teach kids what being unique really means.

We help our kids understand that unique means everyone is different, and these differences are worth celebrating. As an example, we point out that the world of music would be much blander if there was only one genre to enjoy. We explain to kids that, like music, there are many different types of people marching to their own beat and making many different kinds of tunes along the way.

We then encourage kids to “march to their own beat” by following this simple acronym:

  •    B          Be comfortable with who you are and what you like
  •    E          Express yourself, don’t hide how you feel or what you like
  •    A          Accept everyone!  Remember, everyone is unique
  •    T         Treat everyone fairly and how you want to be treated

By marching to their own beat kids are freed up to do the things that they like, not the things other people would like for them to do!

Check out more of our Hot WINGS exercises here.

"The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn."

- John Lubbock

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