No, not bacterial cultures. People cultures. One of my main goals in homeschooling is to teach my child to be compassionate. Compassion is one of the traits that I wrote about here, that I feel contributes to a person’s happiness. In my Lesson Themes article, I mapped out my plan to teach compassion, and as part of that plan, I teach my child about different cultures.
One of the difficulties with having a preschool theme or a unit study focused on a culture is finding a way to tie science into the lesson. One easy way to solve this problem is to study the culture’s natural environment. After all, the environment people live in has a lot to do with their culture.
For an Asian theme you might experiment with volcanoes or learn about pandas. For Africa, obviously there are a ton of animals to learn about. You can also learn about types of climates, since Africa has so many. Europe might take a little different turn if you live in the United States or Canada, since its wildlife and climate are so similar to North America. To incorporate science into a Europe study, you could investigate the engineering marvels of the continent, like the dikes and canals, medieval castles, the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum, and other Ancient Roman and Greek technology. Obviously, you can also include man-made structures in your studies of other continents. There are some amazing structures found on all of the populated continents. But, those areas also have quite a bit of unique natural history to cover too, that I wouldn’t want to skip.
I’d love to hear how you’ve incorporated science into lessons about other cultures. Please share your ideas!