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Effective Parenting Series # 2 - READING as the key to your child's success for better comprehension

Updated on April 9, 2012

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

Photo by Travel Man  (with the approval for reproduction by Mrs. Eleanor B. Barola, Baclaran pre-school teacher)
Photo by Travel Man (with the approval for reproduction by Mrs. Eleanor B. Barola, Baclaran pre-school teacher)

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!

Onions, tomatoes

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)

Bahay Kubo

Bahay Kubo, kahit munti
Ang halaman doon ay sari sari
Singkamas at talong, sigarilyas at mani
Sitaw, bataw, patani

Kundol, patola, upo’t kalabasa
At saka meron pa, labanos, mustasa
Sibuyas, kamatis, bawang at luya
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 Andersen

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Photos with permission (All compiled by Travel Man)
Photos with permission (All compiled by Travel Man)
Photos with permission (All compiled by Travel Man)
Photo by Travel Man
Photo by Travel Man

Bible stories

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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      Hubert Williams 5 years ago

      travel_man1971 My nieces are always sing Bahay Kubo wne we see them. By request, I might add. They are so cute when they sing those songs.

      Danny Kaye starred in a musical based on the life of Hans Christian Andersen. Google Danny Kaye Hans Christian Andersen if you have never heard of the movie. It's a great children's movie. It can inspire kids to read the stories. It did that for me. Thanks for writing your series.

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      hectordang 5 years ago from New York

      Yes, the two big things kids are missing in school are literacy and creativity! This is probably the result of standardized testing. I love the suggestions in this hub and will try it with my students/children!

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      the girls 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      The Bahay Kubo was asked in elementary, how many vegetables are there in this song? Now I can clearly count it :-)

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      Great hub travel man...i am a teacher too, but on a higher level perspective...children really love stories, i remember my younger sister loved to listen to stories too as i scanned her hair with nits...

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      sopna557 5 years ago

      With In Spite of the Dark Silence, Jorge Volpi puts a new spin on a classic tale of obsession, following the fictional narrator who is consumed with his research of ac

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      HealthyHanna 5 years ago from Utah

      You have hit on the love of my heart. I am glad to know these books. I am coming to live in Tacloban Philippines! and I love the information you have in your hubs.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Hubert Williams: I'm much elated with your first comment on the thread. Yes, still, Bahay-Kubo is the most imitated children's reading material and nursery song in the country.

      As for Hans Christian Andersen's musical movie, I did saw parts and parcel of the movie in YouTube. I better have this film in the future.

      Thanks for dropping by, Sir!

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @hectordang: Thanks for appreciating what I've written here.

      I only shared what I've learned from my friend, who happened to be a pre-school teacher regarding the main agenda in teaching the kids.

      I am sure it will be effective with the children you're teaching now.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @thegirls: There are 18 vegetables in the song (LOL!). I remember singing it during elementary, and it was fun!!!

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @raciniwa: Yes, that's true! Whenever I heard bedtime stories (fairy tales, adventures and all) from the soothing voice of my uncle, I suddenly became dreamy and sleepy.

      It always lulled me to sleep and dream of its continuation (with some twists)).

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @sopna557: I think, you're answering another hub, if I'm not mistaken.

      @HealthyHanna: Thank you for believing in the contents of this hub. It helps a lot to know that it inspires someone out there as much as I hope while doing this article.

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      nicole 4 years ago

      its so useful for my assignment!!!!!

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @nicole: It's nice to hear that this hub helps you on your assignment. I am much elated to see your positive post here.

      Thank you for studying diligently. I'm sure your parents will be delighted as well. :)

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