Make this year’s Labor Day an exciting and unique learning adventure for your family. This could be the perfect opportunity to introduce to them the people who build the trains, make their toys and favorite candies.
1. Introduce hard-working Filipino workers to your children through storybooks. a. Ang Riles sa Tiyan ni Tatay by Eugene Evasco The little girl in the story will discover not only the reason why his father has a “railroad track” on his stomach but also the noble job that he does. The “track” will lead to more realizations about her father’s work and eventually make her appreciate him more. She will learn about the great sacrifices that her father has done to his family and to the country as well. In the end, she will be very proud of her father, a hard-working construction worker who builds bridges and erects tall buildings .
b. Bunsoy by Genaro R. Gojo Cruz This is a touching story about an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who tries to explain to his son why he has to leave them and work abroad. Reading how the father reaches out to his son to bridge the long distance that separates them makes the readers realize the great sacrifices that OFW parents have to endure.
“Puwede kang tumawag o sumulat sa akin na kasimbilis ng kidlat na makakarating at matatanggap ko agad. Mararamdaman natin, di naman talaga tayo magkalayo.”
The story depicts the sad reality that Filipino OFW families have to experience. This book can help children understand and appreciate the sacrifice that OFW parents do just to provide for their family’s basic needs.
2. Work on a special video project with your children and call it Labor of Love! Challenge your children’s creativity by asking them make a video about the workers in your community. This simple project will only require a smartphone with camera and a good plan in mind.
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Help them identify the workers around your community. It can be the brave firefighter, the ever reliable jeepney driver, cheerful baker or your child’s favorite teacher. List down questions for the short interviews such as, “What’s your job like?” and “What do you love best about your job?” .
Remember to make “Thank You” notes for all the workers who participated in the project. This is one way to teach our children to appreciate the priceless contributions of the workers to the community.
You can even upload the video in You Tube and set up a family viewing time. Don’t forget to include the names of your future TV reporters and film directors at the end of the video!
3. Schedule an extraordinary family trip. Explore a factory! Invite your children’s friends and their families to an educational tour in a doll factory. Dolljoy Factory and Museum in Caniogan, Pasig opens their doors to families and schools who want to see the “ingenuity and creativity of Filipino craftsmen”. The children will definitely enjoy discovering how their dolls and toys are made. They will also learn to appreciate the time, skill and effort given by the workers in the toys they play with.
Anne Enerio, mompreneur and owner of Double Delights Food Products, makes sure that her 3 boys, Daniel,10, Darryl, 8, and Dax, 2, learn to appreciate their family business while they are still young. She even brings her children to work and tags them along to deliver the products to their customers.
“I also let them interact with our employees so they would know how diligent and hard-working their Ate’s and Kuya’s in the production are. Without their dedication, we will not be able to make quality and delicious polvoron cupcakes for our customers,” shares Mommy Anne.
4. Play a "Who is your favorite Superhero?" family game Anna Leah Escresa-Colina, labor rights advocate and mother to Andres, 13 and Diego,7, shares how they instilled the important role of workers in society in their children’s young minds. “We always tell them that their toys and books are all made by tireless and creative workers. They internalized this message so well that they considered workers as superheroes like Superman and Ironman.”, recalls Anna Leah.
Why not play a family game and ask your children to name their favorite worker superheroes? This can be a fun pretend play exercise as your children dress up as their worker superheroes. Will they be Iron Construction Worker, Fabulous Baker Boy or Super Teacher? Exciting!
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It is never too early to impart to our kids the significant roles that workers play in our community. Try these fun activities to help you teach your children the value of work and the important contributions of workers in our daily lives.