Around The World
Around the world can be interpreted differently by individuals. It could be traveling the world to experience different cultures, different countries and have enriched experiences. It could also be a journey that is created to explore children’s imaginations.
Watching commercials, or reading magazines can open children up to a wide range of possibilities around the world, for example, a commercial for Walt Disney allows a child to dream of the endless possibilities of meeting Disney characters, attractions, and experiences. These can be dreams or real-life experiences.
Around the world enables children to learn about other countries, cultures including languages, weather, and housing. It creates a universal view of how others live, an insight into their daily activities i.e. school programs, transport, clothing, food, and music. This can be implemented through the use of storybooks, music, country flags, and common phrases in different languages.
At Blue Bird Day we strive to encourage children to explore their creativeness throughout their day. Providing an around the world curriculum enables the child to tap into their creative side and experience the world that is around us. It can allow a child to practice those skills of traveling, for example, outlining the sequence of what to do at the airport, experiencing a pretend flight, arriving at the country and sightseeing or completing other activities. In using these pretend skills during play, individuals develop an awareness and a clearly defined expectation is sought so that when it comes to the real-life experience they are prepared.
Taking individuals around the world allows them to experience different cultures, it allows them to develop a sense of who they are and where they belong. In the early year’s children become aware of others around them. A child can learn from interactions with others and communities. It can develop their social relationships and emotional wellbeing. Creating an environment at Bluebird for children to experience these cultures and differences enables them to increase their awareness of others, develop their emotional skills, and increase social relationships. In doing so, this will enable them to reach their potential as an individual.
The introduction of an around the world topic enables all individuals to learn and develop at their own pace. Some children will have the ability to be aware of others around them, initiate pretend play skills related to going around the world, others will work on engaging at the moment from afar, and be onlookers but still enjoy the experience. Every child will be an individual in their own learning around the world.