We’re fortunate to live in a world surrounded by many different cultures, attitudes and customs that all make us who we are and what we believe in, as well as showing the world what others enjoy, eat and celebrate, among other things. There’s plenty to discover in the world – which should be respected by everyone. Teaching your child about the world’s many cultures is part of showing them respect and openness, as they’ll soon find a lot of students and their friends in school will be from different backgrounds and ethnicities.
With that in mind, here are some ways you can guide your child through understanding other world cultures, with the advice of this boarding school in Hertfordshire.
From TV programmes and films, to games, apps and books, there are lots of different ways to show your child about different cultures through their favourite stories and TV shows. A lot of attention has been brought to children’s media in an effort to make it easier for them to understand more about the world and how we are all connected.
These can educate your child early on about what it means to be a part of a different country, with its customs, traditions and cultures to learn about too. It should be an exciting time for children to delve into things they don’t know a lot about, arming them with knowledge about the world.
One of the easiest ways to get children involved in learning different cultures is through food – a great way to get kids involved in the process and experimenting with their taste buds too. You can start easy with Italian food, like spaghetti, and Chinese food, with noodles and stir fry being very easy to make. But you can go further and try a different world food each week and get your child to help with the cooking as well. This will give them more than just a taste of a different country’s favourite food, but it also shows them what’s involved in making a dish and the different utensils and crockery countries use.
Different countries tend to have their own unique celebrations, like the tomatina festival in Spain, or Chinese New Year. These all have their own special traditions, and a lot of work goes into the food, decorations and what’s involved each year on these important days in the calendar. You can show your child what goes on at these kinds of festivals and celebrations by getting the craft kits out, painting and making collages to spark their creativity. Then, ask your child to go away and find out a fun fact about the celebration you’re working on, such as Eid or Hanukkah. They can share what they’ve learnt around the dinner table for everyone to know more about.
Get your child involved in learning about different cultures – they’ll enjoy feeling curious and engaged with their work while learning something new at the same time.