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ERIC Number: EJ929992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Meditation, Rangoli, and Eating on the Floor: Practices from an Urban Preschool in Bangalore, India
Adair, Jennifer Keys; Bhaskaran, Lilly
Young Children, v65 n6 p48-52, 54-55 Nov 2010
Young children benefit from learning about and experiencing cultural and ethnic diversity. Early childhood practitioners often strive to diversify the curriculum by including children's cultural traditions, holidays, or foods. Yet, one knows that young children need more than a celebration or a circle time story about a place or people to feel connected to groups outside their home and school worlds. Because India is an incredible mix of cultures, languages, and philosophies, it is an ideal place to look for everyday practices to use in the early childhood classroom. The authors have chosen three early childhood practices--guided meditation, decorating with rangoli, and eating on the floor--as examples of everyday cultural practices in India that can help children in the United States open their minds to difference. In this article, the authors use these three practices to exemplify how including diversified cultural practices in early childhood classrooms can broaden children's global knowledge and cultural flexibility.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India; United States
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