It's a small world after all – our Multicultural/Missions Resource program began in 2002–03 and has been very well received by the children, parents, grandparents, siblings, and teachers.
In this exciting program children “travel” around the world, each month "visiting" a different continent. They explore the culture, music (song, dance and instruments), stories, maps, crafts, food, and clothing of exotic, far away places! A little of the social language is introduced. From time to time there is a guest who shares with the children, and classroom teachers follow up the "multicultural" lesson with additional activities.
These trips provide opportunities for children to be richly immersed in the culture for class each week, exposing them to a variety of props that give them a more realistic view of how children live in other parts of the world. They learn that although they may speak different languages, wear different clothing and eat different food, they are very similar - they like to play games, learn at school, have good health and love one another.
The Multicultural teacher provides interesting, age-appropriate information so the children have an educational and creative environment in which to learn about the customs and life styles of other people from different countries. The emphasis in the class is also on world outreach and missions. The goal is to help the children develop “a heart for sharing God′s love with others.”