Being in an international community, the children are exposed to different cultures and traditions that they see and learn from school and their classmates. The best avenue to teach them about diversity is from learning about the different culture and traditions of the people within their class. We talked about how our class is composed of unique individuals. We discussed how we are the same and different as well.
The children explored on the culture and traditions of their home country. The children had a chance to research about their country of origin and share what they learned to their class.
We started with the host country, Philippines. We saw pictures of different beaches and introduced to some of Filipino dishes. We found out that most of us has been to a lot of beach here in the Philippines. Also, most of us have tried and loves Adobo. We made pastillas, sweet delicacy from the Philippines.
We learned about Sweden and the Midsummer Celebration. We tried their chocolate and was taught a dance that they perform during Midsummer – “The Rocket”.
We talked about India and learned about the Holi Festival. We saw pictures of animals and temples from India. We also tried Carrot Pudding, a dessert known in India.
We learned about Germany and their Oktoberfest. We learned new words in German and also tried German Sausage.
When we discussed about the country USA, we learned that a few of our classmates has been there already. We made hotdogs, a food known in the States. We also tried potato pancakes.
Learning about each others’ country and their culture was meaningful to the children. It made them happy knowing that they shared something that is theirs to the other kids in their class. It made them realize that we all have different things from our home countries that we can share with other people.