The first day of preschool in my class is dedicated to learning how to be a preschooler. We have lots of fun as we play getting-to-know-you games and learn the daily classroom routines. I also teach them about the American flag and we say the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Pledge of Allegiance is an important part of our daily routine but 3 and 4 year olds are pretty much clueless on what a country is, let alone why we have a flag and solute it. So, we start by discussing that our country is called the United States of America. I show them our flag and then we learn the Pledge of Allegiance.
With 3 and 4 year olds, it is important to teach the concepts in small little bites. Their attention spans are short. Often the greatest challenge is in identifying our right hand to put on our hearts. A couple of brilliant preschoolers started putting both hands on their heart knowing at one of them was the right one! That was OK with me. LOL
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Touching moment for me: at our school orientation this year a mom told me that her little girl, who had been in my class 2 years prior, was the champion of her new school the next year. When they said the Pledge of Allegiance on their first day, she was the only student in the class who knew the pledge and she said it perfectly. Her new teachers were amazed. That story was such a blessing to hear. Patience and repetition pays off!
I just bought new book about the American flag, Why Are There Stripes on The American Flag by Martha E.H. Rustad, to use with my lesson this year. It has enough words in it that I will have to abbreviate it a little bit when I read it to my class. I don’t lose my young audience. If the story has too many words, I lose them. The book is actually perfect for 1st graders but certainly can be adapted to preschool and kindergarten, as well. The illustrations are so pretty and bright. My little kiddos will love it!
The Pledge of Allegiance
I pledge allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America.
And to the republic for which it stands
with liberty and justice for all.
In addition to teaching the pledge of allegiance and about the flag, we make a very cute American flag craft using Cheerios as stars. Learn how to make it here>> American Flag Craft for Preschoolers
Another thing we did is we had a parade! We marched around the classroom waving little US flags and singing You’re A Grand Old Flag (mostly the teachers sang but the kids had fun, too!)
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