As small children many of us played our fair share of make believe. During that time we often acted out whatever role we dreamed of, one of these roles being that of a bride on her wedding day. We would make veils out of old scarves and put on our mother’s high heels. If we couldn’t find a groom to walk down the aisle with us it was ok, we could grab a stuffed animal or go solo as the end result would be the same, we would become a bride.
Imagine if this was no longer a form of free or dramatic play and instead it was a component of our kindergarten curriculum? According to The Huffington Post, for students in a Chinese kindergarten class make believe has taken on a whole new meaning. As part of a lesson in “family life” over 100 children participated in a mock wedding as parents and school personnel watched. Prior to their nuptials, children chose their mates and courted them by gifting them items that, in their eyes, were of great value such as toys or chocolate.
The day of the wedding the children dressed up, exchanged rings, and shared their vows. For some their vows included a promise to “stick up for each other.” It is the belief of the school principal that the children are able to learn about relationships through their act of marriage as well as get an idea of what everyone should be working towards. The principal further noted that the children are taught to be “kind and thoughtful.” For more on this visit The Huffington Post(They’ve included a link to the photos!).
What are your thoughts? Do you think having children re-enact marriage in school can teach them relationship lessons that they will carry with them into adulthood? Is such an activity done in the context of the school day even appropriate?
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