Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Teaching Kindergarteners About Our Forefathers

Teaching kindergartners about our forefathers and their legacy gives the youngsters the opportunity to learn about our nation and the groundwork and vision that went into the founding of our fine nation with its outstanding democratic ideals and beliefs. 

In addition to Independence Day, another major day to celebrate is Constitution Day, which falls on September 17 each year.  When it falls on a weekend, schools and other institutions observe it on an adjacent weekday. For example, in 2016, September 17 falls on a Saturday, so Constitution Day will be observed on Friday, September 16, with. U.S. Constitution Week occurring on September 16 through the 22.

That is an excellent time for Montessori students to be treated to worksheets and printables of appropriate coloring pages, symbols, vocabulary words, and to learn about and see pictures of a learning experience such as the Monument to the Forefathers in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It was placed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on August 30, 1974.

Kindergarteners will be fascinated to see pictures of this magnificent fourth-tallest United States statue at 81 feet tall after having been reduced from 150 feet. It is also the world's largest monument made out of solid granite. It took more than 70 years to complete in the 1800s and was finally dedicated on August 1, 1889. Its components teach us how we can preserve America as an example of liberty to the world.

This monument has large but intricately carved figurines with very detailed facial features. The overriding tall figure of Faith stands at the base of the pedestal, and four seated statues represent Morality, Liberty, Law, and Education. Flanking these figures are smaller engravings representing more components, inset into the base are four marble dioramas depicting activities of the pilgrims, and two plaques list the pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower.


It is unfortunate that this impressive historic monument is more visible from the sea and is often overlooked by visitors because it is located on a hill in a small park in an unknown residential area. There is a circle drive around the statue and you can park and walk up to it. You can view teaching preschoolers about such important history if you schedule a tour of one of the Montessori schools in the Bay Area.

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