INTERCULTURAL EXPERIENCES AND HOW THEY CAN LEAD TO PARENT-EDUCATOR PARTNERSHIP CHALLENGES
Depending on the climate a child is used to, the reaction the child shows might differ. If we consider the case of Arno, being used to warm and dry weather conditions could it make it quite uncomfortable when being brought outside to play under cool and wet conditions. Being forced to wear many layers before leaving home in the morning can cause stress and a reluctance to even go to Kindergarten or may cause unhappiness when outside play is scheduled. On the other hand, a child might feel overheated and therefore very uncomfortable if she is used to lower temperatures but has to wear winter gear because this is what the educators deem necessary.
Another aspect is the light during day time. Depending on where a child previously lived, autumn and winter might be confusing as many children arrive and are picked up when it is already dark outside. Add cloudy skies and a child might feel the effects of missing sunlight rather heavily.
During summer, where rain is a common occurrence and not necessarily a reason to go inside immediately. For children not used to those short and warm summer rain showers, it can be disturbing to stay outside. Getting wet without the bathroom context is for some children rather difficult to endure.
Children may fight against wearing unfamiliar clothing you can help this process by:
· displays made by the children about weather and clothing in the cloakrooms
· do activities in circle or group session like pair up the wellies, pass the items round and discus how you wear them are they fun (splashing in puddles), do they keep you warm, don't forget to use real objects and pictures to help all the children understand
· have all weather clothes in the dressing up area
· have games and books that talk about weather and clothing in the book corner/area in the environment