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Material

Fabric flags which replicate flags of the nations of the world.
Flags of the child’s nation and state.
Flags of the countries of the child’s continent.
Flags of other countries, grouped by continent.

Flags are mounted on dowels, either stapled or with a string to represent the halyard.

Presentation

  1. Show the child the flags. Start with the flag of the home country, for example the USA flag. Show the child how to carefully pick up the flag out of the stand using two hands, and how to hold it straight up and carry it to the table.
  2. Let the child know he can carefully lay the flag down on the table. Invite the child to get two more flags, one at a time.
  3. Sitting with the child with all the flags laid down on the table, converse about what flags are, and how they are symbols of countries.
  4. Proceed with naming the country that corresponds to each flag.
  5. Perform a three-period lesson with the flags.
  6. Introduce three new flags the next day, and repeat this process over the following days.

Exercises

Same as presentation.

Extensions

The child may draw and design his own flag.

Language

None.

Control of Error

Books of flags.

Direct Purpose

Familiarity with and awareness of national flags.

Age

3 1/2 +

Notes

It’s good to start with the flags that a child will be familiar with, such as a home country flag and state/territory flag. Also, try to choose flags at first that don’t look too similar, otherwise the child may struggle with the similarities. Then let the child choose flags that interest him.

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