Friday, June 1, 2012

Philippine Independence Day for Preschoolers

June 12 is right around the corner. We plan to learn about Philippine Independence Day in our usual way - fun, gentle, and literature-based.

I went to National Bookstore without a specific title in mind and was just hoping for the best. I looked through the books published by Tahanan Books knowing beforehand that its books are mostly well-written and beautifully illustrated.

When I could not find books written in Filipino, I “settled” for Bandila: The Story of the Philippine Flag by Merci Melchor because it’s such an obvious choice for the holiday. It tells the story of the Philippine revolution in simple words and shows the evolution of our flag in pictures. However, it is still too much of a textbook for my taste and my child’s age, with its names and dates, and I kept on looking.

Another title that I bought was The Chair King by Karen Flores and Mark Justiniani. It seemed like fun and I really just wanted to buy a Filipino book, albeit written in English, right at that moment. Talk about emotional intelligence!

The Chair King  is the story of Esteban Dospordos, a giant who loves chairs but can’t find any that’s big enough for him. He goes into a wild rampage, ruining chairs everywhere, determined that no one else can enjoy a chair if he can’t! The story ends with great festivity when the townspeople’s plan to defeat the giant works. It was on my third reading of the story that it hit me that I had accidentally picked the PERFECT book to introduce young children to our country’s Independence Day!

With the two books, I was able to create a short unit study that we will do in the first two weeks of June, just in time to celebrate Philippine Independence Day. I am sharing it with you as a PDF download. Using the two books, you can talk to your child about:
  • Perspective
  • Feelings
  • Music
  • Filipino attire
  • Philippine towns
  • Philippine history
  • Filipino words
  • Flags
  • Philippine map
  • The Philippine National Anthem

Both books are available at National Bookstore. (This is not a paid advertisement!) The Chair King is priced at P320 and Bandila at P175. I hope you can check these out  for you and your child to enjoy together while learning about our country. For those who are U.S.-based, Tahanan Books are available for order online.

Download the Philippine Independence Day for Preschoolers PDF file so you can see the learning fun that you can have! 

Philippine Independence Day Unit Study for Preschoolers

I would love to hear your thoughts about this, so please leave me a comment!

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Ysa Arce said...

Thank you for sharing this! :)

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

I'm so glad to be able to share something that will help children have more fun with their books! Thank you for your comment. :)

pep real said...

Thanks for sharing this.  We have those books in the library I work for, and they're really a hit with the kids.

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

Thanks Kim! I'm excited about pretending to be a giant. Hope we don't wreck anything :D

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

Let me know how it goes please!: )

Alex said...

Thank you I will look for the books. 

kim/angeli E said...

Love the unit study especially the chairs part! haha this is a great introduction to the topic "love of country" =)

Helen Constantino-Balbuena said...

Thank you for sharing, will try this unit study to my 4 yr. old son..will be buying the books too. Hopefully, it will help him understand why we commemorate our Independence Day and appreciate his country more.

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

How cute! Children really get excited when they learn something new. Have a great Independence Day celebration!

Cecille Villarosa said...

Thanks for sharing. Perfect timing to teach him about our Philippine flag. My child saw a flag in the tricycle he inquired about it. I told him it is our Philippine flag. Whenever he saws a Philippine flag he gets excited. 

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

Yey! I'm so excited to know if you and your kids will like it too!

Chris said...

Thanks for sharing the file, will be using it for our study in the coming week. :) By the way, I am creating a post about love of country in the following days and your post would be a good link to the post! :D

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

Haha! Let me know how it goes!!!

TrulyRichMom/TeacherMamaTina said...

Yey! :D Thanks for this, Mariel dear! :D Now I know what we'll be doing for the first week of June! (Obviously, I have not prepared ANYTHING at all! LOL!)