On August 18, 2015, Creative Learning Academy held its very first CultureFest. CultureFest '15 is part of our vision to showcase the infinite talent and capabilities of our students. Every summer, we host a "10 week 10 cultures"
World Cultures Camp" to enable our students to explore the geography, music, dance, stories, etc. of the world's peoples. To learn more about it, click here. You can also check out our blog to learn about specific activities the students participated in.
At Creative Learning, we believe it is essential to continually expand our students' mental capacity. One way we do this is by exposing them to (literally) a world of ideas. For example, over the course of our World Cultures Camp, we teach them songs in a number of languages. What gives us confidence in this approach is witnessing the dynamic development in our students. The first Hawaiian song we taught, took over a month to learn. However, the songs in the repertoire that followed, in Hindi, Portuguese, Filipino took only a week each. We believe that it is essential to stretch young minds through different mediums, and to assist them in building a solid foundation.
CultureFest '15 was an open house event for all families, and also a platform to showcase what our students are learning. You can get a peek at some great performances from our students here:
Each room presented a different culture. We provided Passports to our students, and they got their "Visa" stamped after visiting each room. Goody bags and delicious ethnic foods an incentive for the kids to complete their journey and return with a fully stamped passport.
Our playground was open to all, and the families seemed to enjoy our environment. As mentioned before, we also had ethnic foods like Yakisoba (Japan), Pakora (India), Lumpia (Philippines), Tropical Fruit Tray (Jamaica), and Popcorn (USA).
We will be back with CultureFest '16 next year. We hope you can join us in this annual event!
To find all the photos from the event, click here.
Special Thanks to Angela Leong and Sarah Kakusho for documenting this event!