A few mornings ago, a child handed me a scarf and told me all of the things that they can do with a scarf including wearing them in the winter, putting on your head, dancing rhythmically with it and wearing it as part of your outfit. I mentioned that sometimes I will use a scarf if I am dancing (For those of you who do not know, I am first generation born in America. I was raised and taught all of the traditions of our Greek culture). I then explained to the children that many of the dances we dance include the use of a scarf. The children started to ask questions and we then brought up a few videos of several different dances. After watching the videos the children wanted to learn to dance!
A CD was located in the classroom that I had made. I then taught the children three traditional dances. We would start by labeling the dance and then watching it on YouTube. We then would try out each dance without music and then adding music to it when we felt we had learned the steps. After teaching each of the dances, I had to walk away to help a child. When I returned, a child was teaching other children each of the four dances I had taught with complete accuracy.
After sharing this anecdote with mom later that day, she shared her daughter taught her how to do it as well!
Please share any experiences you have from teaching your children things that are important to you!