SIS News Archive
At Shekou International School, students are provided with many opportunities to learn about respecting and valuing the different cultures in our community. In October the Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC), students participated in the annual "International Week" event so that they and their families could experience an environment where connecting links with the families and the wider world are affirmed and extended.
In all three levels of ECLC, from the youngest to the oldest, children participated in common activities to extend and develop this idea. Each class celebrated every child's home country through parent involvement, activities, flag representations and learning new ways to say hello and and singing songs. Moreover, each class invited parents to join "A Taste of Culture" where families were encouraged to bring a snack/lunch that represented their country to share with the class. This is a wonderful way to celebrate each child's culture while trying new foods from different countries so children learn to show awareness of and interest in different cultures and languages. The 3-4 year old students worked collaboratively on an art project which represented each class' identity and it also showed children that we all belong to the same community yet each of us is different in many ways. This activity helped children to recognize and to accept people's differences. The 2-3 year old classes even tried a few basic steps of Tai Qi Quan from a master who was invited by a group of Chinese families.
Not only did the "International Week" event raise the children's awareness of different cultures but with the added involvement of the families it was an enriching experience for all. As a closing activity, all the classes in the ECLC participated in an international parade in which children wore clothing that reflected their home country and waved a flag. Families were invited to view the parade and to join the singing and dancing to the songs the children learned during International Week. What a great experience for the children, families and the SIS community!
Submitted by Cheryl Uy, Karie Sun and Kylie Christian