Celebrating Your Culture

Celebrating Your Culture

by Dana S. Bader
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At Over the Rainbow Nursery, we are gearing up to celebrate the UAE National Day.  We already put up the UAE flag on Flag Day, and now we are preparing for a fun celebration day for our children and parents.  National Day is such a BIG day in the UAE, and our fun day promises to be an exciting event for our children.  Of course, after the event, our children will have plenty of opportunities to attend celebrations, parades, and even fireworks displays all over the country.  It’s a fun time of year to be in the UAE!

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Benefits of Outdoor Play

by Dana S. Bader
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If I think back to my childhood, many of my favorite memories are set outdoors.  When I was just four years old and I lived with my family in an expat compound in Bahrain, my sister and I would spend hours playing on and around an old desert tree on the edge of the compound.  We collected big black beetles from the sand, we climbed the tree and pretended it was a fort, a castle, or a ship at sea, and we built endless houses, huts, and caves with the sand.  When I would visit my grandparents on their farm back in the US, I would plant and pick vegetables with my grandmother and go fishing with live crickets with my grandfather.  These times were filled with joy and adventure, and I never had a chance to get bored.

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Importance of Imaginary Play

by Dana S. Bader
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All week long at Over the Rainbow Nursery, we have been travelling by bus, plane, boat, and train to amazing destinations near and far as part of our ‘Transportation’ theme.  Regardless of how often we travel, the children never get tired of visiting the airport, paddling along in a boat to escape the crocodiles, or singing ‘Wheels on the Bus,’ with the bus drive as we drive merrily along to school.  Of course, all of these fun activities are merely role plays we have set up for the children, but they are teaching the children all about the different modes of transportation and travelling in a fun, exciting way!

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