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The Blended Garden is an inspiration from nature, where flowers bring the message of inclusion and diversity to children, allowing for rich ongoing dialogue where parents and educators connect meaning to materials through nature's design. This book teaches children as they develop into 'universal beings' how to live in one another's space while accepting each other's individuality.
Jahidah Diaab has been working with young children ranging from severely autistic, to the gifted for the past 20 years. Her teaching journey has taken her to various educational and diverse settings across the New York City area. She began her first introduction to children at the Herbert G. Birch School for the Severely Autistic. She then went on to teach story-making, theater, art, and dance at Hunter Elementary, The Dalton School, Beginnings Nursery School, and Ethical Culture Fieldston School. She joined the team of teachers at The Blue School during its developing stages working in admissions then later leading the parent/child 2's program.She is enjoying her new journey at Barrow Street Nursery School this year.
In her spare time, she found her passion as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College while supporting the diversity and inclusion curriculum at the Brooklyn College ECC. Her role at the center was to make the children's learning visible through videography and documentation. Jahidah Diaab has a B.A. in Fine Arts and a Master's in Early Childhood Education—Birth through Second Grade from Hunter College. She enjoys writing and producing plays and short films in her spare time.