Bringing Culture to Our Children – by Arely Angel

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At the Manassas Park Community Center Preschool, we believe it’s important to make sure everyone is represented. We are always happy to approach holidays from all over the world in fun and respectful ways.

Our Easter Egg Hunt was a huge hit! Students had a lot of fun finding eggs with surprises inside. Besides Easter, our Preschool staff prepares an annual Harvest Dinner in the fall where families come together to give thanks for all we have.

In November, we celebrate the Day of the Dead. We bring this Mexican holiday to our Preschool program by teaching children about different foods and treats that are made to honor loved ones in the form of ofrendas, or offerings.

During winter holidays, we celebrate Hanukkah, St. Lucia, Christmas, Kwanzaa, the Posadas, and Chinese New Year. The celebrations never end!

We live in a very diverse community, and I feel it’s important to celebrate and respect each culture. Children love learning about different traditions and holidays!

As our children grow, they will become more aware and understanding of the world around them. By teaching them at a young age about other cultures, they may grow to be open-minded and considerate of others.

You may also learn a few interesting facts about other traditions while teaching your little ones. There are many resources to help you learn about world traditions such as your local library, online, and even through friends.

Our world is celebrated every day in many different ways and it’s important for our children to know this. Enjoy learning with your little ones. You will see the wonder in their eyes while their view of the world broadens.

Arely Angel is the Lead Preschool Teacher for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation. She can be reached at 703-335-8872 or via email at a.angel@manassasparkva.gov

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