Countries will be studied through their art, music, food and stories. We do not cover the more intellectual sides of a country. Things like military history, flags, national anthems- anything that is about nationalism and separation will not be included. Children in this age are not interested in those aspects of a country and we strive to present the best of the culture in a way that is engaging to the young child. There will be plenty of time to learn about the other aspects when they are older.
For example, when learning about South Africa, the children will learn about a much loved man from that country named Nelson Mandela, but they will not learn about a thing called Apartheid. They will learn of Madiba's kind heart, generous spirit and we will read his favorite animal stories that come from his native tribe. We recommend you save all other information as well until they are at least 7 years old.
We believe it is important that at this age that the children experience the world as a beautiful place filled with beautiful cultures, people, foods and customs. It is our expectation that laying down the neural pathways and expectations for beauty, connection and celebration will have them grow up to be adults that expect that from the world and if they do not find it, will strive to create it. This early inner programming will serve as their guide for the rest of their lives of how the world could be.
Festivals and holidays that children will participate in may include:
Santa Lucia Day
Chinese New Year