We live in a society that continues to expand globally creating communities with a mix of diverse cultures. As today’s young children grow, it is becoming more and more important that they develop the skills necessary to successfully collaborate with all individuals. Employers prefer to hire people with “cultural intelligence” and this deep understanding and appreciation of others begins in early childhood. Concepts related to diversity, culture, and cultural intelligence are extremely important at Primrose and are woven throughout the Balanced Learning curriculum in a developmentally appropriate way.
Throughout September, our students have been studying their Unit of Learning: Alike and Different: Getting to Know You. During the Unit children discuss the uniqueness of individual people beginning with a strong focus on the concept of culture. All month long we have held circle time discussions of family traditions, done collaborative art projects, read-aloud stories about diversity, has science and social studies lessons related to culture and diversity, and learned songs from other cultures during music time. These concepts will continue to be developed throughout the school year. The Getting to Know You unit emphasizes the importance of celebrating the cultural and family traditions that we share and those that make us unique while learning an essential interpersonal skill - perspective taking.
We wrapped up our Unit of Learning with our Celebration of Cultures event! We invited staff members as well as families from different cultures to prepare a special food from their culture and bring it to share with the children and families here at school! It was truly heartwarming to see everyone come together to expose our students to a small taste of what makes different cultures something to celebrate!