Assessment and Summary
Oral Assessment: You and the children in your class experienced a Chinese Lantern Festival usually given at the beginning of the year. You have exposed your children to another culture and have made them better people for it. Now it is time to ask them questions related to all that they have experienced. You can ask questions pertaining to the character in the book. You can ask them if they know what a Chinese lantern is. You can ask them if they enjoyed coloring the Chinese dragon.
In conclusion, those who adapt easily to the fact that we live in a world that is culturally diverse may be those who thrive in life later on. Diversity awareness, or to be able to see one for who they are in character and not what you see on the outside, is a good skill in life. When children explore another's culture, it will make them a little more sensitive and respectful. Building a world that is more accepting of others and respectful of another's culture or heritage may actually rest on the shoulders of our children. If that is fact, then we need to teach them as early as possible.
We need to get the message to them that embracing someone for who they are and not finding fault in their differences is the right thing to do. It is best not only to teach them how to embrace others but also to embrace the truth.
The book The Empty Pot gave an example of how we should grip the truth in the circumstances we face daily; preschoolers are at the ripe age to learn this lesson as well. They are ready to learn the many lessons that this pre-K theme on China has to offer them. They will realize that just as they have traditions and customs they learn from their family so do other children all around the world.
They will acknowledge that when you go through life being open to the heritage of others while not losing your own, you have a recipe for success. We must all realize that it takes everyone of every culture doing their part to make our world function as a whole.