Respect is a very important part of the Filipino culture. We show respect to our elders, parents, grandparents, older siblings, relatives, friends, and teachers. An example of respect is addressing elders with “po” at the end of sentences or answering, “opo” to reply “yes” respectfully.
We read the book, Salamat Po! by Adriana Allen, a Filipina who moved to the U.S. as a young child. It is an adorable picture book showing many ways to show respect in the Filipino culture.
It is a great overview to teach children or to discuss ways we show our respect to others.
Showing Respect Activity
We were inspired by the book and wanted to create a follow-up activity to pair with our reading. So, we created a printable booklet for children to illustrate ways they show respect or ways they can show respect. It is a nice culminating activity to reinforce what was read in the story.
Head over here to get access to your printable “Showing Respect in the Filipino Culture” booklet.
Although Salamat Po! is not required for this activity, it is the perfect pairing and a sweet book to read with your children.
What are some ways YOU show respect in your family? Feel free to share in the comment box below!
It’s Back to School season! We are starting a unit to learn about school-themed vocabulary words to kick off our season returning to school.
Activity 1: School Tagalog Pictionary
Our first activity for this unit is School Pictionary in Tagalog/English. It includes 18 pictured vocabulary cards to cut out. They can be used as flash cards to learn and review the words first. Then the cards can be used in an exciting game of Tagalog Pictionary.
Activity 2: Tagalog Memory Game: School-Themed Words
Using the same vocabulary words from activity 1 (Tagalog Pictionary), we have created cards to play Memory or a matching game. There is one set of picture cards and another set of just the Tagalog word for the picture.
Flip the cards over face down on a flat surface. Then choose a card from the picture pile and a card from the vocabulary word pile to see if you can make a match.
If you make a match, you can have another turn. If not, it will be someone else’s turn (If you are playing with other players).
It is a great test of memory and also a way to review Tagalog vocabulary for school-themed words.
This first activity teaches you the vocabulary words for items you possibly would pack in your suitcase. Here is a four-page printable for your child to learn the names of common items to pack, a suitcase to “pack” these items in, and two packing lists (one with English translation and the other is Tagalog only).
First, the child will decorate his/her suitcase (or “maleta” in Tagalog).
The next step is to color the items and cut them out. Review the English and Tagalog words for the travel supplies.
One by one, the travel supply will be placed in the suitcase and a dry erase marker can be used to check it off on the list. Once the child is comfortable, the Tagalog only Packing List can be used.
It can be printed on regular 8.5″ x 11″ paper. It will be more durable on cardstock or if the papers will be laminated. For repeated use, the packing lists can be slipped into one of these reusable dry-erase pocket sleeves.
Activity 2:Tagalog Traveling Board Game- (Forms of Transportation in Tagalog)
Here is a printable board game to review numbers 1 through 5 in Tagalog and to introduce five different forms of transportation in Tagalog. Our family is big on board games to have fun together and if we can combine it with concepts to learn, even better!
Here are some tips to make the game more durable:
Print the game on cardstock.
Laminate the game, game pieces, and number cards.
Glue the game pieces on a thin cardboard (e.g. cereal box, tissue box …etc.) Snip the bottom and insert another cardboard to help the game piece stand. Here are some images to show you the steps.
First, glue the game piece to a cardboard that is slightly larger than the game piece.
Cut a small slit at the bottom of the piece. Be careful not to cut through the picture.
Cut a small rectangular piece of the cardboard the same length as the game piece.
Insert the cardboard inside of the slit of the game piece. (It will look like a +).
Trim off any cardboard as necessary to help make it stand up straight.
In this activity, you will be writing a postcard to a family or friend, pretending you are taking a vacation somewhere you have been (or would like to go). The introductory page teaches you sample Tagalog phrases to include in your postcard message. There are two versions included (One with pre-typed fill-in-the blank sentences and another with just a blank message for you to write your whole letter).
Directions to Assemble the Postcard:
After reviewing the Introductory pages and Tagalog phrases, choose which type of postcard you will create first (whether it’s the blank one or the one with a pre-typed message). Cut out both rectangles.
Glue the back of the picture portion of the postcard to the back of the letter portion.
Now you have your postcard ready to write in and draw a beautiful picture of the location where you have “traveled”!
Here is a 14-page lesson activity reinforcing colors in Tagalog. It is geared for preschool through elementary age children and can be used to practice in class or at home.
Playing with playdough is an engaging sensory activity for kids. There are so many ways to use playdough to learn and use your creativity. Sign up below to get printables for each color that you can transform into playdough playmats. A tip is to print on cardstock and to laminate each page for multiple uses. On the playmats, the kids will be able to:
Shape the playdough to spell the color word in Tagalog.
Create an object of that color using the playdough.
Use their creativity to make their own playdough creation with the same color.
We will be learning about the parts of the body in Tagalog for the next couple of weeks. Here is a modified “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” to kick off this unit. Watch, learn, and sing along with us!
Learn about some of the parts of the body (mga parte ng katawan) with this unit activity. It includes:
12 vocabulary words with pictures and the word in Tagalog
a mini-booklet with sentences about the body parts and blank responses for your child to fill in
lyrics to the song: “Sampung mga daliri” (10 Fingers)
Accompany this unit with the “Mga Bahagi ng Katawan” booklet from DinoLingo Tagalog. (DinoLingo provides language lesson resources with books, vocabulary cards, CD’s, DVD’s in various foreign languages). You can purchase single units on Amazon or head to the DinoLingo website for packages.
There will be another unit to come about additional parts of the body and more activities, so stay tuned ….
This dress-up activity is a fun way to teach articles of clothing in Tagalog. Your kids can color and design the clothes how they want and cut them out to dress up the included “doll.” It is a blank doll so your child/student can choose whoever they would like to dress up, whether it’s themselves or another person or character.
Family is very important to the Filipino culture. Learning the names of the family members is something we innately taught the kids as we addressed them as “Ate” or “Kuya,” “Lola,” “Tita,” or “Tito.” Here is a printable with Tagalog vocabulary words for immediate family members along with a fun puppet activity to practice.
Print or develop pictures of family members and glue them onto construction paper, index cards, or cardstock. On the back, glue the printed vocabulary card from the printable. Play a game to ask, “sino ‘yan?” (who’s that) or “sino ito?” (who’s this?) and have the child identify the correct name using Tagalog.
Blank vocabulary cards to practice writing the word in Tagalog
Activities for your child to draw and color an illustration of your house. Reinforce the vocabulary by talking about the parts of his/her drawing using the Tagalog words
Tagalog labels to cut out and label the applicable parts of your house. Seeing the vocabulary words regularly in clearly visible locations helps your child retain the vocabulary more.
Games to reinforce the vocabulary:
Matching Game: To play, cut out the vocabulary cards first. Then, set them in a pile in front of you. Stand in a central part of your home. Then take one vocabulary card at a time, walk, hop, or run to bring that vocabulary card to the spot that matches what is listed on the vocabulary card.
“Nasaan si?” or “Nasaan ang?”: This next game is helpful to do after the Matching Game and/or after the child has had practice learning the various parts of the house.). In Tagalog, we say, “Nasaan si …” to ask “Where is ….?” when asking where a person is. In Tagalog, we ask “Nasaan ang …?” to ask where an object is. Have your child choose a toy, such as a stuffed animal, character figure. Then hide the toy around the house. Teach your child to say, “Nasaan si … (insert character’s/toy’s name)?” Then you respond with, “Na sa ….(insert the Tagalog vocabulary word for the location).”
Example: I hid my daughter’s Elsa toy in the kitchen. My daughter asks, “Mommy, nasaan si Elsa?” I can respond with, “Na sa kusina.” (“She’s in the kitchen”). She then runs over to find Elsa in the kitchen.
The game can also be reversed and the child can hide the toy and ask the question to practice asking “Where is …” in Tagalog. Example: My son hides his firetruck on the sofa. “Nasaan ang firetruck?” The response can be, “Na sa sopa.”