For every organization, school, or projects, there are specific and timely reasons why it is appropriate to pursue as an ethic initiative. The following pillars include trustworthiness, honesty, integrity, promise keeping, respect, responsibility, caring, sharing, justice, fairness, civic virtue and citizenship. These are goals and fine reasons why to pursue in teaching true ethics in the schools. These pillars help enhance, solve conflict situations and situations that affect others. Put it together and you will see it will allow behavior change as a key in the child’s life. Keep these pillars as you help the children we teach and as we enter 2018!

What is a superstition?

Teaching Cultural Diversity and hearing stories about different superstitions was an interesting topic. Stories were shared from various superstitions about money, journey, health, marriage, pregnancy, baby, children, Moon, Halloween, New Year, horoscope. Also old superstitions and beliefs about animals, black cats, plants, human relations…etc.

Superstition is defined as an irrational belief that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome like a black cat walking across in front of you or going under a ladder.

In Germany: “Crossing Your Fingers Means You’re Lying” and “Covering Your Mouth While Yawning, Lest Demons Enter Your Soul.”

In Turkey: “One cannot eat a meal by putting his one foot over another, it means disrespect to the table and it is considered as the sign of famine” or “To put on trousers by standing up is the sign for poverty.”

In Mexico: “Beware of Tuesday the 13th not Friday the 13th.” or “If you smile at a baby you better touch it or you’ll make the baby sick.”

In America:
• Break a mirror, 7 years bad luck

• If you spill salt, you have to toss some over your left shoulder

• Never leave a hat on a bed

• You never say “good luck” to an actor or actress before a performance; you say “break a leg”

Do you have any cultural or family traditions/superstitions to share? Do children pick up these superstitions from you to carry on in their cultures? Share some of the superstitions that have carried over in your life.


Every child comes into the world programmed to perceive. Perception happens as a result of the intricate interchange between brain and the five senses. Although babies have been using their senses before birth, they come into the world entering a whole new era. The sights, smells, textures, sounds and tastes have now changed. No technology in the world can match this! Children naturally use their senses to gain information and explore the world. One of the things that make each of us unique is how we perceive through our senses, with resulting feelings, thoughts and responses to stimuli.

Young children learn through their 5 senses; therefore, providing hands-on experience allows children to touch, see, smell, taste, and hear become important. When designing learning environments, teachers should focus on objects and materials they can provide for the children to handle and observe. Many of us have a hard time developing materials from such experiences. Teachers in Pre-school and Pre-K often teach centering on themes. In selecting themes and preparing experiences, teachers need to think about those real objects and materials for the children to explore. Do we think about the ways children can use their 5 senses? Children must observe, handle, and explore from that theme. With this in mind, we can ensure children in your care to provide these real hands-on learning experiences.