Learning new cultures

Children at Redmond’s Faith Lutheran School went around the world in a day on May 28.

Shrimukta Kashyap

Shrimukta Kashyap

Children at Redmond’s Faith Lutheran School went around the world in a day on May 28.

Five countries  — India, Taiwan, Japan, Germany and Italy — were officially represented at the school’s second annual International Day.

Classrooms were set up with audio and visual displays, books, games, foods and other props related to the culture of that nation.

Parent volunteers wore traditional clothing and introduced songs, dances or other folklore.

As students went from one destination to other, they got passports stamped. And Principal Barbara Deming made announcements over the school loudspeaker system, reminding them when it was time to “board the plane for their next flight.”

Kids made flags from each country and many also wore outfits representative of their own heritage.

Although it can be challenging to keep young children engaged, the exotic activities got them moving and grooving together. During a mock visit to India, mom Savita Kashyap passed out bindis and explained to the children that they were good luck symbols, mostly worn by married women in India, but regarded as a fashion accessory for anyone in the U.S.

Kids joined hands and danced in a circle to the music of India.

Deming explained that parents and staff had hoped to host International Day a bit earlier this year, because it’s such a great icebreaker.

“It really gets people talking and sharing ideas and leaves people with more of a community feeling,” she said.

Faith Lutheran School offers classes for preschool, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and grades one through three. It is adjacent to Faith Lutheran Church, 9041 166th Ave. NE. For information, call (425) 885-1810 or visit www.faithluth.org.

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