CULTURE EDUCATION – WHAT ROLE DOES YOUR CHILD’S PRESCHOOL PLAY IN IT?


From trying not to overdo the little one’s Halloween costume, to rejoicing every Indian festival with utmost grandeur. As parents of the 21st century, trying to raise global citizen, we often find ourselves wondering how and what festivals should be introduced to our little people. 


While we welcome the celebrations of the west, some of us secretly worry about how we can best imbibe Indian values and gift our children the bounties of Indian culture. 


CULTURE EDUCATION – WHAT ROLE DOES YOUR CHILD’S PRESCHOOL PLAY IN IT?


In this age of westernization, it is important that we find strike a balance between being modern and rooted with our culture. While Parents can only teach their child about their own culture, preschools play an important role in making children learn about different cultures, countries and continents; allowing them to grow and become a modern, yet rooted individual.  With examples and hands-on experiences, learning about festivals and celebrations at school leaves a great impact on children. 


The real purpose of culture education is to imbibe great values in leaders of tomorrow. Different traditions and cultures can teach many important lessons of life that your children will surely benefit from. 


Three things your child will learn from festivals and celebrations at school:


1. It multiplies the joy of togetherness and allows them to bond and share the beauty of every festival.


2. It beautifully communicates the differences and similarities of a vast number of communities, allowing children to appreciate and celebrate the same. 


3. It harmoniously unites children of all backgrounds to respect and understand the values of another’s religion allowing them to be global citizens in true sense. 




These experiences teach children to embrace differences and grow into becoming responsible global citizens that respect all religions and regions. So choose a playschool for child that will make him/her an individual that by all means is a global citizen. 


How Cultural Activities At Schools Teach Children Lessons Beyond Culture



“Let’s make diyas today” declares the teacher out-loud with a huge cheer echoing amongst all the children dressed for Diwali celebrations. Not many days later, precious little ones all dine on the same mat relishing some sheerkhorma that is being served to the class after they hugged and greeted each other “Eid Mubarak”. Rahman painted his diyas and lit them at home that night along with his parents, while Aadhya’s mom was now trying to make her daughter’s new favourite sweet, sheerkhorma, for her friends. 


Children see the world the way it is meant to be. Undivided by any boundary and united in every aspect. Free from any biases, children cherish every festival and adorn every culture to their hearts content. For them, every reason to celebrate, is most welcome!


As a child’s first diverse learning environment, preschools shoulder the responsibility of simplifying the legends & lessons of every religion and culture. 

These when delivered innovatively through colourful, fun, displays, dramas, craft, dances, musical activities and other creative ways teach a child lessons beyond festivities. They teach morals and values such as goodness and empathy that draw light upon the similarities between us all. 


1. First and foremost, children model what they see, so the teacher's inclusion and acceptance of different ideas, customs, and traditions helps them learn to accept and respect all.

2. Classrooms can choose to display pictures or artwork on the wall that feature a variety of multicultural children. Posters, pictures, maps, and regalia of many kinds are essential in helping students develop a mental image thereby providing visual recognition of one another’s culture.

3. Dramatic plays with diversity dress up incorporate diversity; broadens their perspective about other’s feelings and instill a sense of empathy and respect.

Also, role plays and stories leave children with moral lessons. For e.g., a role play on Ramayana leaves the children with the lesson – “Good wins over evil.”

4. Visit to historic/cultural places such as museums with art and exhibits are a great way to learn about cultural heritage.

5. Incorporating music from a variety of cultures during festival celebrations, featuring different types of instruments demonstrates the importance of music to many different cultures

6. Discussing differences and similarities in cultures with your students openly, but focusing the similarities. In this way, children can make connections that "others" are more like us than different. 

7. Indianized celebration. Festivals can be celebrated by drawing posters, decorating the room, and preparing some of the foods. For e.g., lighting Diyas on Diwali, serving Devaiyaan on Eid, playing with Colors on Holi etc. This kind of activity enables student to actively participate in the cultural heritage of one another.