Make Social Studies Easier For Your Students

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.

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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.

 

 

Comments

  1. I have to agree with you on this. It’s difficult to find interesting books to teach Social Studies, and double hard for me since the boy is in an IS school and there’s not pattern in the subjects being taught. We touch on topics applying to different countries, so not much local culture and history. I have to sched a visit to a national museum soon!

  2. Thanks for taking time out to share these tips!

    As for me, I learned that one effective way of teaching social studies, or history specifically, is to make the students (and the teacher) part of it. I am very blessed to have a teacher in high school who showed me how this is done– she just told our class “stories” about how the Philippines, its government, etc., came to be— awesome action-packed stories filled with real people who worked hard, got angry, got frustrated and the full spectrum of human emotions— and that is history! It should be like a narrative and the one teaching should exude the excitement of sharing it to the students, like it’s the untold part of their favorite fiction stories. It is easier to remember dates, names and places when they are important to the students, and that will happen when they know that those dates, names and places are actually a part of who they are. 🙂

  3. Hi Chris! Your enumeration of suggestions is quite comprehensive. Last on your list, you mentioned about visiting provinces. Another practical way of applying the same principle is to experiencing culture by playing dress up or food preparation. For example, if you were studying the different Philippine provinces, you could have a day to celebrate Kapampangan style or Cebuano style. Then, you could make the kids do mini-reports on details about the different places (flora and fauna.. what fruits abound there, what animals they are known for). It will give the children a more concrete way of experiencing the varied regions we have in the Philippines. And if you decide to do this, don’t forget to invite us during the presentation. My kids will learn a lot from this:)

    • thanks for the suggestion Winnie! 🙂 I remembered when Kyla was in first grade and she held a mini-trivia game for our homeschool group about the national symbols!

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