What do you remember about the childhood experience? Who do you play with? Where did you go?
What were you surrounded by in your playground and home?
I thought about the pop cultures surrounding myself, but I came up with the idea of focusing on children’s experience for this blog assignment. I realized the significance of the toys and pictures children are exposed to when I started to work with kids at a daycare center. There are many kinds of children in terms of ethnic groups, immigrant backgrounds, and family structures, so they don’t necessarily know much about the American pop cultures yet but they come to school every day. In many preschools, there are usually many toys that educate cultural differences using pictures, books, and interactive toys.
What I found significant that affects our social life is, everything, but especially food cultures taught at early childhood schools. This is partially because I was raised out of the US then found a difference in attitudes toward foods but especially the food education is universal in schools and affect our food consumptions for the future. There is usually a dining space where kids can cook and serve foods using replicas to learn about their food customs and diets. I think that’s one sort of pop culture in early childhood that everyone would have experienced when they are most vulnerable and flexible to anything new.
There are many vegetables and fruits but there are always marketized stuff such as milk bottles and colorful cupcakes and so on. The ideas they have are always having those foods without working to get them. I know that is just usual, but thinking about myself, I finally started to recognize that the process we get foods is (originally) harvesting. Children know supermarkets and how to exchange foods with money (because there are actually cashiers that children can use money next to the kitchen too!). They, I mean we, have been exposed to the ideas of buying foods without working, but money. I wonder what if children are seeing pictures of farmers, or there is space where they can experience farming to get foods besides kitchen space, and then would children feel that the practice of supermarkets is less attractive or a bit of sense of unusuality of buying foods?
Because farming was too unfamiliar to me while growing up in cities, I learned to be interested in farming after starting my college “education”. I thought the idea of it would be from my practices in “pop education back in time”. Education that let children think critically about the social reality would be helpful? Can it be helpful for anything?