When a Filipino kid doesn’t understand “saging” or “Anong pangalan mo?” that’s a sign for me that something is amiss. That kid happens to be my four-year old, Mateo just a month or two ago.
We live in Singapore so it is important that Mateo learns English. I am actually okay if his first language is Filipino since he’d learn English in school anyway. Our mindset then was to raise him bilingual.
I speak to him in English most of the time (because I avoid Taglish), and we spend almost all the time together. He has also met YouTube and Netflix along the way. As a result, English became the default language instead of using it together with Filipino. Now I’m wondering if it has become his first language. He speaks in English even in his sleep.
This Buwan ng Wika, before the month ends and as a welcome to this blog, I figured it is a good time to prepare a worksheet featuring Filipino words. Honestly, it will also act like a cheat sheet for me while I introduce Mateo to more Filipino words and concepts. This printable has been a challenge for me to do because unfortunately, I am not really good in Filipino. I usually say that I suffer from the Filipino- and English-centric education policies in our country. I have been unable to speak Ilocano, which is supposedly my mother tongue, but failed to strengthen my grasp of the Filipino language. I digress; let’s go back to the worksheet.
I’ve decided to do start with “printables” because he responds to it better. He does not like me reading him Filipino books, and I’m not satisfied with teaching him only conversational Filipino. He has to learn the language and it’s better we do it earlier. Am I setting the standard high?
The free printable includes lists of Filipino words for numbers, colors, shapes, fruits, and vegetables. Aside from pages listing Filipino words, I have also included word tracing activities, which he also likes. There is value in writing, anyway.
Enjoy this freebie! Click below to download.
Here’s a link to an article by theAsianparent (Philippines) sharing ways on how to teach the Filipino alphabet to kids. As expected, singing is included. Unsurprisingly, it is through a song that Mateo learned Ilocano numbers. I’ll be thinking of more fun ways to incorporate Filipino lessons (language and culture) in our future activities.