Diwali Celebrations at BestStart Sir Tristram Ave
Celebrating cultural events gives our tamariki an opportunity to learn and experience all different cultures. This week we were learning about and celebrating Diwali, the biggest and most popular festival for Hindus across the world. Celebrating all cultures is very important to us and we really enjoy festivals and the coming together as a centre. These celebrations provide tamariki with learning opportunities and use this learnt knowledge in context.
Pranav, shared with us how his family celebrates Diwali. He told us that he and his family pick flowers for Diwali and use to decorate their house. We decided to come together as a centre and visit the paddock next door to the kindy to pick flowers. We then used these flowers to decorate our carpark Rangoli drawings.
Te Whariki states that children and families feel a sense of belonging and feel comfortable with routines, customs and rituals. Part of our centre philosophy we mention ‘ako’, Maori way of teaching and learning, and tuakana teina, learning through sharing. While participating in intentional teaching moments, we encourage our tamariki, ‘to have a go, and provide support to make learning about different cultures more meaningful.