1. I would learn the history of the Ivory Coast through extensive research, because I want to be familiar with the basic traditions, values, and environment of the country. I would also have to find out the families language preference to see if need to include a language specialist in my entry process, however since the family is bilingual, I do not have to use a language specialist, and English is a language that is spoken in their home.
2. I would learn about the cultures of the Ivory Coast through reading books, classes, and workshops. To become more familiar with the family, I would communicate with them through emails, newsletters, or via satellite to get a better understanding of their culture, and to see if the information I have read reflects what the family tells me. I would listen to the parent’s perspective on what culture is for them.
3. During my communication process with the parents, I would find out what do they want for their children while being in our program. I would find out what are their goals, and the care and education practice that best meets their child’s needs.
4. Before the child enters the program, I would ask the parents if I could observe the child and family culture through internet or through web cam. But if the family is already settled within the community, I would do consistent home visits with the family. I believe that I can read about the culture of a family, but observation is a key aspect of truly experiencing a different culture.
5. After I have received and processed the information that I have read and the insights that I have gained from the parents and my observation, I will create an environment that is cultural responsive to the needs of the child and their family. For example, in communicating with the parents, I found out that music is a very important to the child and the family culture; therefore I would include various drums in the setting. Also in the educational setting, I will include appropriate and learning material of the child’s culture. My goal is make sure the child and family have an easy transition into my program.
I hope that each statement will prepare me in providing the best care to the child so that the child can receive a cultural and individual developmental appropriate education. Many children from the Ivory Coast do not attend school to age 6 and usually they are males; information like this will help me prepare for the incoming of the child and their culture These statements will prepare me to have a responsive and open relationship with the child and the family. Through these statements I have acquired education about a child and their culture that will benefit the developmental outcome of the child.