Dual Language SchoolsHow to Continue to Teach Culture post-Holidays

12/2018
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3.Visit museums

The holidays are full of festivities, now that things slow down, take the time to have your students truly reflect on the meaning of them- beyond the presents. You can organize a class trip to a museum that showcases different cultures within your community. The more the institutions that provide public exhibition and knowledge about different cultures, the more awareness, and appreciation for these cultures. Maybe have each day upon return from holiday break include a conversation about a different culture. This doesn't need to be an all-day activity, but even spending a 20-minute lesson on this can provide your students with entertainment and more cultural awareness.

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4.Multicultural-themed book club

Books are great sources of information. You can add multicultural themed books, fiction, and nonfiction to your library and form a holiday book club. There are many books that focus on holiday traditions from various cultures. You can even have your students read different books, and then organize a day where they come together and share their knowledge of different cultures through discussions or presentations. Ask them to discuss what they learned from the holidays, and the feelings they had from being around their family. Why are these traditions important? What do they add to the lives of the characters in the book?

Different cultures have different holidays, and it's important to encourage kids to share how they celebrated different shared holidays through classroom discussion. Allowing the kids to bring items and talk about different activities done during popular holidays, like the New Year, will help them learn about different cultural practices and their significance.

For example, the Chinese New Year celebrations fall on a different date every year, while a Spanish new year celebration involves eating at least twelve grapes on the eve of the New Year. You can incorporate these ideas into your dual immersion programs to help kids interact, learn and appreciate their different backgrounds in a fun way. With existing stereotypes and discrimination, cultural appreciation and respect are important in creating harmony and good relationships in social spaces and communities at large.

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