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.”
Greeting people is a common and daily task. Learning first how to say common phrases such as “How are you?” and “good day” is a great way to start when learning a new language. Here is a printable mini booklet that teaches some phrases to greet others.
Teaching kids about the concept of time is empowering, as they get a stronger sense of the past, present, future, and duration of events. Learning how to read and use the calendar can be fun.
Here are a couple of tips we use:
We keep a calendar at the kids’ eye level, so they can read the months, days, and dates themselves. They can also interact with it by changing the date and adding notes for special events and appointments.
We sing songs to engage the children and help the concepts become more memorable.
We love using music to help us learn concepts. Because of that, we enjoy creating songs to learn and review lessons. Below are our original Taglish (Tagalog-English) songs. We hope you enjoy and learn along with us!