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Learning about cultures and traditions helps children to build sense of identity and knowledge of the world around them, and can set them up for a more positive transition to school.
Talking to your child about different cultures, languages and family situations can help them build respect for other beliefs and traditions before they start kindy or school. Try out some of these activities to get the ball rolling.
Do you have a friend or relative who lives overseas or even just a neighbor with a different background to your family? Set up a pen pal relationship with them and help your child write and ask questions about their pen pal’s culture, beliefs and traditions.
Your child can also teach their pen pal about their own culture — it’s a great way for you to help your child learn more about their own identity.
Did you know the transition-to-school chatterbox and school poster have been translated in up to 20 different languages? Help your child get ready for their transition to school by downloading the resources in your child’s first language.
You can also use the chatterboxes and posters to explore the many types of languages around the world and discuss the importance of traditional language.
Parents are teachers too! Get involved in your child’s kindy and ask the educators if you can share your family’s cultural background, traditions and activities. This can help your child build a sense of belonging and help other children and educators learn about your culture.
Find out how Sinnamon Park Creative Garden Early Learning Centre use these activities, and more, in the Summer 2016-17 Edition of QKindy.