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.
Each child was given an outline of the flag (link below) and three pre-cut red stripes plus one blue rectangle. Their task was to glue the stripes and rectangle on the paper using a glue stick. Then we adults put little dots of Elmer’s glue on the field of blue and they placed Cheerios cereal to be the stars. Stars and stripes — The American Flag!
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.