The vision of this course is for students to feel valued and loved by wondering and knowing about their own personal narratives. This course matters because it shows young students the value and intention behind surviving indigenous practices and values. Students will reconnect with our ancestors and our roots in order to rebirth the Bayanihan Spirit. This course is connected to PEP’s vision because it emphasizes the process of becoming, growing, and continuation/survival. This course aims to teach students the importance of taking charge of their confidence and empathy. Through this, there is an emphasis on the importance of play, creativity, and imagination.
This course will provide students with the space to express their creativity and think critically of the struggles of Filipinx/a/os in history. They will take the knowledge to inquire about struggles in their community. This course will fulfill its vision by encouraging students to connect with their elders and ask them to share stories. Kwentohan is a Filipinx/a/o value essential to the continuance and preservation of culture and communal stories. This course will give students the opportunity to create their own community and together understand the love and resiliency of our ancestors. Through this, students will also internalize that their own personal stories are valued, and they will be inspired to share their stories with their community.
Kindergarten & 1st Grade
Focus: Pre-Colonial Philippine History
In the waters of Longfellow Bay, we will collectively embark on our year-long adventure on our balangay (boat) and work together as a barangay (community) in order to learn about our stories, which include our own, each other’s, our communities, and that of pre-colonial Philippines. Alongside our learning, growth, and contribution to the fight for liberation, we will learn about and incorporate wellness practices. This will show how building connections to our past, in order to understand our present, will help us build a better future and preserve our wellbeing. In order to sail together and navigate how all of our stories are interconnected to better understand our past and present and create a better future.
Fall 2022 Learning Goals:
At the end of the semester students will be able to:
2nd Grade & 3rd Grade
Focus: Colonization & Filipina/o/x American History
The Filipino people have a long-lasting history of colonization that expands past the 333 years under Spain. The effects of colonization in the Philippines is still seen today through the stealing of land and the silencing of people--which in turn, affects our life and wellness. In this course, students will first be grounded in the meaning and importance of our rituals in PEP in hopes to build our barangay:
Fall 2022 Learning Goals:
In this class, the students will:
4th Grade & 5th Grade
Focus: Seven Waves of Immigration & Social Movements
In this course, students will peer back at the stories of our ancestors, by weaving together the stories that connect them back to the past. The purpose of this course is to connect students' past and present through activism and self-determination. Students will have the opportunity to be in touch with their ancestors and to advocate for themselves and their community. Students will share their experiences and collaborate with their community through art, activities, performances, and storytelling.
In this class students will: