Social Studies or Aralin Panlipunan has been one of the hardest subjects to teach. With the very boring text books and limited resource books we have, Social Studies is fast becoming a least favorite subject in our home. When in reality, this should be one of the most practical subjects to teach because it is all about our country, the Philippines.
Aside from reading our prescribed textbook which is One Country One People, we try to look for other resources and activities which can further help the children in understanding their own country.
Visit museums and national landmarks. We go to places which feature Philippine arts, culture and history such as Ayala Museum, National Museum, Fort Santiago, Luneta and Rizal Shrine.
Watch documentaries. Historical and biographical movies can help the children visualize what life was like back then. It can also help them understand the different historical people.
Read biographies. Biographies don’t need to be boring as there are several modern day comic books about the inspirational Filipinos already available.
Visit trade shows and cultural exhibits. Going to trade exhibits where Philippine made products are featured is a great way to introduce the resourcefulness and creativity of the Filipinos to your children. Even in malls, you can visit stores where they sell Filipiniana items and discuss each item and their uniqueness.
Go to other provinces. The best way to instill appreciation for our country is by actually visiting the other places in the Philippines, aside from the malls and the Metro. Studying about the different regions, languages and delicacies becomes more interesting when experienced first hand.
Do you have any other tips on how to make studying Social Studies easier for your students? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.