Love of Country

I definitely think it is easier to teach subjects that can be researched, like what is a gazebo or what is photosynthesis, compared to topics which needs application in life like love for one’s country. The subject Social Studies is all about the Philippines. While the book study is important to give facts to our children, studying it alone through books won’t produce a love of country in our kids.

Since the country is celebrating its 114th Independence day, I thought of sharing this post about how we teach love of country to our kids:

The most important would be the parents should love their own country. Our children need to hear us speak highly of our country. We should choose the words we use when talking about our country in front of our kids.

Visit as many historical places as possible. Museums would be a good place to go to and discuss the importance of these places to the country.

Discuss festivals and holidaysΒ since this is a good way to share more about the country’s cultures to your kids.

Visit different parts of your country to explore and see more of your own country. Discover its beauty and heritage up close!

Speak the local language at home.

Support the country during international competitions. Watch the games live if possible as it sparks a sense of nationalism and pride.

Do you have other suggestions how to instill a love of country in your children?

Comments

  1. We haven’t been to many historical places yet because of the age of my kids, but doing that would be on the top of my list. I also believe in using the mother tongue when speaking to young children. My husband and I are made a conscious decision to speak Filipino to our children. We find the difficulty of Filipino children to speak their own language (hello Filipino tutorials!) to be laughable and pitiable πŸ™

  2. Uh-oh! Reading Mariel’s comment above, I realize we are guilty of making our kids open to being laughable and pitiable when it comes to speaking their own language! πŸ™ However, we have always been conscious of reminding them about loving our country. πŸ™‚ We’ve been reading more books about the Philippines, Philippine heroes and traditions and holidays. πŸ™‚ We plan to take field trips to historical places this year and speak more Filipino at home. πŸ™‚ Happy Independence Day!

    • reading about the heroes and the country’s traditions definitely helps inspire our children to love the country more.

  3. Waaah Tina! Can I erase my comment?! It’s just that we hear English-speaking kids wherever we go (grocery, mall, clinic, etc etc), and that school children are really having a difficult time speaking Filipino. It IS a problem that parents need to address, and the way you plan to do it is commendable!

    • Mariel, no worries, dear. πŸ™‚ As a Filipino who hardly spoke Filipino while growing up, I am not too concerned with how other people think, look and/or react when they hear our kids speaking English. I was able to survive and, dare I say, thrive even, in UP even without a formal education in Filipino, Sibika and other Philippine-centered subjects. πŸ™‚ By God’s grace, of course! πŸ™‚

  4. You’re right, we can visit different places in our country to make our kids appreciate the beauty of the Philippines. We can also teach our kids about our Philippine heroes and explain what they did to deserve that title.

  5. HI Chris! Just want to ask if you know any good Philippine History book ( in story form) available there in the Phils? I’m planning to teach Phil. history to my daughter next year (she’ll be 9 by then).. I’m based pala in Thailand and we’re planning to get books when we visit there.

    http://www.ourhomeschoolroom.info

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