Teach Now! World
Customs and cultures are popular themes in early childhood classrooms. Children are often fascinated by other cultures, and early childhood is a good time to begin learning about one's own culture, as well as those of others. Exposing children to other cultures and ways of life at a young age can help them appreciate differences and provide a framework on which they can build as they encounter different people from a wide range of backgrounds. All of the activities in this unit help children recognize that each culture has its own customs.
 
Cultures at Home

Students learn about customs in Spanish-speaking countries and cultures, as well as Native American customs. These activities also encourage students to recognize communal activities as celebrations of culture and to appreciate the racial and ethnic diversity of the United States. They will also increase awareness that different languages are spoken in the United States.
 
 
Cultures Abroad

By participating in these activities, students will appreciate that cultures have similarities and differences, recognize fairs and festivals as celebrations of culture, and realize that different languages are spoken around the world. They will also explore characteristics of folktales and practice early reading and writing skills with mini-books.
 
 
Fun Around the World

In these activities, students will have fun while learning about the daily life and games of other cultures. They will recognize ways in which they are similar to students in other parts of the world. In Travel Buddies, they will also use the Internet to communicate with students in other cultures and identify a map as a representation of a real place.