The Philippines is fortunate for having a number of national heroes to commemorate for their bravery and great love for the country. On this day, teach preschool kids about their courageous and heroic acts, which made this day worthy of reminiscence and celebration. In preschool curriculum, turn the month of August as the month of heroes. Or, you can make the last week of August as a special week of tribute for the Philippines’ notable heroes. Here are some of the activities you can do with preschool children.
Preschool Activity 1: read about the life of our national heroes
Who wouldn’t love a story filled with zest and valor? Preschool children will love to hear true stories about patriotic deeds and nationalism. You can tell them of stories about Jose Rizal and why he is regarded as the nation’s prime hero. The life of Jose Rizal is a great source of inspiration to all preschool children. He thinks highly of young children when he said: “Ang kabataan ang pagasa ng bayan” (the youth is the hope of the nation). Thus, real stories of our heroes during circle time truly deserve a part in a preschool curriculum.
Preschool Activity 2: patriotic art
One of the reasons why we enjoy freedom and our rights is because of the national heroes who willingly fought for them. Thus, encourage the preschool children to appreciate their freedom and rights through artistic expression. There are many ways by which art can be included in the preschool curriculum since art can be in the form of drawing, painting, dancing, singing, and so on. As long as the child freely expresses himself in a creative beautiful way, he is indubitably manifesting art. Since the National Heroes Day is near, make it more fun and a little challenging by asking them to express their love and loyalty for the country. Isn’t it adorable to hear preschool child sings “Bahay Kubo” and “Paruparong Bukid” or dances the “Itik-Itik” or “Carinosa”? Thus, it’ll be nice to include various folk songs and traditional dances in preschool curriculum.
Preschool Activity 3: visit a historical site
Visiting a historical site is commonly a part of any preschool curriculum. You can bring preschool kids to various places that are rich in history, culture, and tradition. Preschool kids will be happy to see Museo Pambata in Roxas Boulevard, The Walls of Intramuros in Manila, and Luneta Park.
As preschool teacher, find simple ways to challenge all preschool children in showing their love and respect for the country. Make them realize that when they do they too shall live a life worth emulating.