Each new school year, on the first day of school, I teach my preschoolers the Pledge of Allegiance. Most of them come in knowing the US flag. They either call it "the flag" or blurt out "America" when I ask them what it is. (So far no one has said "Play Ball!!!" but it's coming, I just know it.)
Patriotism is not nearly as popular today as it was when I was a little girl. I am glad to be an American. If I had been born in the UK or Canada or Australia or wherever, I'd be proud of that country but I was born here and it makes me glad.
So, the three things I teach my students above all are 1) how to pray 2) the Pledge of Allegiance and 3) the all-important "how to cut with scissors"-- inspiring huh? Of course, we learn to take turns, to be kind, the ABC's etc but those are my top three.
To support our lesson, we did a simple craft: the American Flag.
My students are 3 and 4 years old. Glue sticks and following directions are brand new to them, so I made this first project very simple.
Only one student ate her Cheerios. When I showed up at her seat, I looked all over and playfully said, "Arista? Did I forget to give you Cheerios?" Impish grin. "Did you EAT your Cheerios?" Impish grin again. "Just a minute, I'll get you some more." Cuter than cute.
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