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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Back to School Around the World



I found this wonderful book about how students prepare to go back to school around the world, and thought I would share some of the contents with you. 

I think the information provided in this book is for school-age children, so I have also provided links for preschools in those specific countries. 

Note from the Author: "I have tried to capture the diversity of school experiences."

This would be a great book for social studies; talk to your students about how each student's class is different in comparison to their own.


Children in Kenya
The students either share a desk or sit on a straw mat, they go to school from January to November. 
http://softkenya.com/education/early-childhood-education-in-kenya/

Children in Kazakhstan
The first day of school in Kazakhstan is a celebration, the students bring flowers to their teacher and one new student is chosen to be carried around to be introduced  to the other students. 


http://ortcom.kz/en/news/preschool-education-in-kazakhstan.1915

Children in Nunavut, Canada
There school year starts in the middle of August and ends in May. The students learn English and Inuktitut. 

http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674new_preschool_a_place_to_grow_for_nunavut_community/


Children in Australia
For Australia's children, school starts at the end of January and ends mid-December, and the students go to school from 9:00am- 3:00pm.


http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/education/preschool-rates-lag-world-but-graduates-set-the-pace/story-fn59nlz9-1226671091915

Children in Japan
Japanese children begin school in April, and attend school five days a week and two Saturday mornings. 


http://factsanddetails.com/japan/cat23/sub150/entry-2797.html


American Children
Most of our pre-school students have been in school throughout the summer, so they really don't have a first day of school. However I do try to rearrange the room, provide back to school bags and make labels for the table, so the students have a specific seat. This makes things more exciting and new for them. I think that all students should have some form of summer vacation, so they will return refreshed and ready to learn. 






The information about each school was from the book " It's Back to School We Go! By Ellen Jackson.  The portion on American children is based on my experience working in the Early Childhood field. I also provided additional information for your reading pleasure. Hope you enjoy it, let me know what you think.






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