Teaching a Pre-schooler about War World II – Field Trips
For a preschooler, learning about a topic will not be complete without a field trip. Field trips provide first-hand opportunities for a child to investigate, create lasting memories and help develop further concepts to the topic.
So where did we go to expand the learning about War World II? Here are the places that supplemented K’s learning on World War 2 :
- Memories at the Old Ford Factory
The exhibits in the Old Ford Factory displayed some gruesome illustrations that depicted how the Japanese soldiers tortured and murdered the civilians during World War II, as well as lots of photographs that showed how the people suffered during the war. I believe thisleft a lasting impression on K that war isn’t just about the battles, weapons and heroic soldiers. World War II was a cruel and sad time in Singapore’s history.
Thank goodness there were no night terrors after he was exposed to these rather graphic illustrations, phew…
- Singapore National Museum
Our visit to the Singapore History Gallery at Singapore National Museum was a great introduction to the history of Singapore. The museum used a story-telling approach in presenting the perspective of the different characters that lived in Singapore’s past, fiddling with the audio visual companion throughout the tour of the History Gallery was an added intrigue for a preschooler.
It did not really matter when the option of the children’s audio visual companion did not work, K listened to the adult version and we had to make 2 visits to the museum on separate occasions to let him experience the full audio tour of the History Gallery.
- Labrador Park and Images of Singapore in Sentosa
And the outcome after learning all about the facts behind wars? I see less violent drawings these days, I suppose he realized that drawing dead stickmen in pools of blood isn’t that intriguing after all, when he has learnt the real story behind these wars and seen photos that are way beyond what he could have imagined it to be.
Some Tips :
Expose your child to topic of World War II only if your preschooler shows a keen interest to discover more, as the topic can get way over a child’s head if the child has little or no interest in it. Recommended age for teaching concepts like History is 5 and above, when the child understands the time concept of past, present and future. I discovered K’s interest in the topic and I scaffolded his knowledge in the topic by exposing him to suitable books and interesting experiences at the museums.
Do highlight the moral lessons to be learnt about wars; the consequence of greed for power and resources, the atrocities and the unnecessary death of humans, and the difficulties that ordinary people experienced with the aftermath of violence and destruction of war.