It’s Native American/Alaska Native Heritage Month: a time to celebrate the rich cultural past, present, and future of the first peoples of Alaska. This month we are excited to share ideas to honor Alaska Native subsistence.
Hunting, fishing, gathering, and eating together supports a connection to the land and each other as well as lifelong learning. This traditional way of life has its own knowledge, vocabulary, and opportunities for sharing words, songs, laughter, and (of course) meals. For children to be ready to succeed in life, they need this strong foundation.
This topic is a key component of the following early learning domains and goals:
Educational Domain: Physical Wellbeing, Health, and Motor Development
Goal: Children eat a variety of nutritious foods
Educational Domain: Social & Emotional Development
Goal: Children recognize, appreciate, and respect similarities and differences in people
Goal: Children demonstrate awareness of their community, human interdependence, and social roles
Goal: Children demonstrate awareness and appreciation of their own and others’ cultures
Educational Domain: Cognition & General Knowledge
Goal: Children observe and describe the natural world
Goal: Children demonstrate awareness of the relationship between humans and the environment