11 Fun Ways to Teach Children About Different Cultures

August 13, 2022

Quote of the Week

"Our cultural strength has always been derived from our diversity of understanding and experience." -- Yo-Yo Ma (French-Born American Cellist, United Nations Messenger of Peace)

How To Teach Your Child About Different Cultures: 11 Fun Ways

"Learning about other cultures is a great way to teach children to appreciate the diversity of our human world. By recognizing and celebrating our differences, you can help raise a kind child who respects others and makes them feel welcomed and valued.

Educating children about other cultures is one way to fight against racism and other forms of bias. The more diversity kids are exposed to from a young age, the better. [...] Don’t just leave this education up to the schools. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, “families are the primary context for children’s development and learning.” This means you play an important role.

Learning about the world and the fascinating people in it can be a great gift to your child. Make choosing to be colorblind and culture-blind a way of the past. Instead, show your child how to appreciate special qualities in others. Make diversity part of your family conversation. Learning how to teach your child about different cultures is a great way to start."

This week's featured articles shares 11 fun ways you can help your child explore global cultures! [Read Article]

Reading Corner

Title: Same, Same But Different
By: Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Ages: 3-8

"Elliot lives in America, and Kailash lives in India. They are pen pals. By exchanging letters and pictures, they learn that they both love to climb trees, have pets, and go to school. Their worlds might look different, but they are actually similar. Same, same. But different!

Through an inviting point-of-view and colorful, vivid illustrations, this story shows how two boys living oceans apart can be the best of friends" -- Publisher

Be the Change

Look at a map of the world together with your children and ask them which country in the world they'd like to learn more about and then begin a family exploration!  Watch videos to learn more about the culture and people, find a recipe to make together to taste the food, tune into traditional music, learn a few words from a local language and practice one custom from that country as a family.  Share your experience to inspire others!