Celebrating through relationships
Authors: Katey De Gioia, Liz Farry and Nicole Tytherleigh
ECA code: RIP2004
Celebrations are an opportunity to learn about others through authentic experiences. In early childhood settings, teachers and educators need to constantly balance predetermined celebrations (such as Mother’s Day, Christmas and graduations) with child- and family-focused celebrations. These celebrations may have remained unchanged over many years or may have been chosen as a reaction to external means. Authentic relationships with children and families are critical in ensuring that celebrations reflect individual early childhood contexts.
This Research in Practice Series title will help teachers and educators think deeply about the celebrations that occur in their setting. Adapting Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory, it provides a framework to view:
- celebrations from differing perspectives
- the interrelationships between perspectives
- the implications of choices made or not made about celebrations.
Real-life case studies provided in the book highlight how some teachers and educators made choices for celebration and what the outcomes of these were for key stakeholders. Educators will be able to use the strategies provided in the book to develop an action plan to explore celebrations that may be meaningful for children, families and the community.
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