Effective Parenting Series # 2 - READING as the key to your child's success for better comprehension
As part of this series on Effective Parenting, my friend who's also a pre-school teacher at Baclaran elementary school in Paranaque City, Manila, Philippines recommended some of the available reading books inside her classroom.
Although, pre-school children have more PLAY in mind, like what I've written on my first installment in order for them to be a healthy and well-nurtured children; READING STORIES are the best way to stimulate their imagination and understanding or comprehension regarding things that are happening around them.
With the help of their parents or elder sisters or brothers, kids will know how to read in English-written books or Filipino books as Manual on Effective Parenting advises.
Bahay-Kubo - a Reading Book and Lyrics Sheet
Bahay Kubo and other Filipino books for kids
As I perused the available reading books, I was in a nostalgic mood as I opened the picture-book of 'Bahay-Kubo' or Nipa Hut.
This is the most-popular book for Filipino kids as parents from different strata in society sing this to their children or their 'yaya' or nanny try to calm their temper by singing this or just passing the time as kids of three to five years old get to familirize with Filipino lullabies and folk songs.
It is categorized as folk song with unknown author, that has also it's English version. What's interesting about the song is the enumeration of vegetables that are available in the country.
It epitomizes the typical Filipino family in rural areas whereas, parents and kids are helping each other in order to have a happy and healthy living.
My Humble Hut (English translation by Roberto Verzola)
My humble hut
may look tiny,
but the veggies around
it, sure are many.
Yam beans and eggplants,
wing’d beans and peanuts,
string, hyacinth and lima beans.
Winter melon and loofah,
bottl’ gourd, squash, et cetera.
There is more, amiga,
radish, mustard, yeah!
garlic and ginger.
If you look all around,
sesame seeds abound!
I haven't find the English version that I've read during my elementary days. It is more appropriate than what I've found online, like the one above.
Note: I'll be sharing some of the pages of Bahay-Kubo, a book drawn by my famous cousin, Hermes Alegre as approved to be used by the Department of Education (DepEd) in the PHilippines.
Bahay-Kubo with chords (c/o Ikang)
A E D A
Bahay Kubo, kahit munti
A E E A
Ang halaman doon ay sari sari
A E D A
Singkamas at talong, sigarilyas at mani
D E A
Sitaw, bataw, patani
A E D A
Kundol, patola, upo’t kalabasa
A E E A
At saka meron pa, labanos, mustasa
A E D A
Sibuyas, kamatis, bawang at luya
D E A
At sa paligid-ligid ay puno ng linga!
Reading Books by Hans Christian Andersen
I am always fascinated by the books of this Scandinavian author named Hans Christian Andersen (April 02, 1805 - August 04, 1875).
This Danish author (from Denmark) is still one of the famous writers of children's books. Personally, I can categorize his books as also applicable to matured readers who want to be taught a lesson or two if he/she forgets what it is to be a good human being.
Mr. Andersen's books always provide moral lessons that can be pondered of both, by storyteller and the children who are reading and hearing the interpretation of those awesome stories.
Who can ever forget those animated films, The Little Mermaid or The Ugly Duckling? These are some of his famous stories. You can also include: The Snow Queen, The Little Match Girl or some of other books that the covers will appear on this hub as photos (with permission) by the pre-school teacher that is a friend of this author.
So, parents, you can also learn while telling these stories to your children.
Read on! You can make bedtime stories an interesting episode for your children.
Other Children's Books authored by Hans Christian AndersenClick thumbnail to view full-size
Bible stories are most awesome of all. It will always top all popular fairy tales and other children stories.
Starting from the Creation that was made by God, our first parents (Adam and Eve), Abel and Cain, Abraham, the prophets and other stories from Old Testaments, children will be mesmerized by those true accounts.
Much more with the Life of Jesus on Earth, as proof that God exists, His Undying Love that saved his people from sins.
Children will surely change their bad attitudes, if told correctly by their parents or their grandparents or even their brothers and sisters regarding the Gospel.
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