Children explore Filipino culture through dance
HARMONY Day is just under four weeks away, but learning about different cultures has been the focus for kids at Beck St Kindergarten for the last two weeks.
The kindergarten is learning about the diverse cultures and backgrounds which are in their classroom, in the lead up to the national day.
This week the focus was on the Filipino culture, learning about native flora and fauna as well as traditional dance.
The idea of the learning experience is to engage the children with their own background, as well their fellow classmates at the Kindergarten.
Members of the Dalby Filipino Community joined the kindergarten on Monday to demonstrate some of the culture's traditional dance.
Director of Beck St Kindergarten, Nerolie Farquharson, said the month-long build up to Harmony Day will culminate with a two-day event at the School in March.
"We will look at every culture of every child in our kindergarten,” Mrs Farquharson said.
"This year we have four children as well as two staff members who have a Filipino background.”
Monday's demonstration was the final activity for the group before moving on to another culture.
Mrs Farquharson said it was important for the children to learn about different cultures at an early age, and celebrate them.
"We have learnt about native plant and animals, and then we try to have something fun before moving onto the next culture,” she said.
Harmony Day is Wednesday, March 21, and Beck St Kindergarten will learning about the cultures of countries from Ireland, Scotland, India, United States and others.