Teaching Filipino Action Words with Tahanan Books' "Kumilos Tayo!"Series

Sunday, June 28, 2015 37 Comments A+ a-

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Finding the most appropriate materials or books for a particular lesson is such a joy for independent homeschoolers like us. That's why we were so happy to have bought Tahanan Books' new board books designed for children who are 0-4 years old.

Kumilos Tayo, Ate! and Kumilos Tayo, Kuya!, written by Ompong Remigio and illustrated by Bunny Vivero are perfect for our preschool homeschool lessons this June.

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We are starting to teach our little boy how to read simple Filipino words. This month, we have lined up seven letter sounds for Rio's reading lessons. We also decided to teach him the different parts of the body in Filipino. The two "Kumilos Tayo!" board books made teaching these topics fun, easier and more relaxed for us.

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Teaching the different parts of the body and the corresponding actions they make became easier when we used these board books.

Mata for ipikit and idilat

Paa for tumakbo and lumukso.

Kamay for ibuka and itulak.

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The action words included in the books are familiar activities that children do. Using these words worked well in getting my son's interest which also made it easier for him to focus on learning how to read.

Nagmano : Laging nagmamano si Rio kay Lolo Diko. 

Tumakbo : Mabilis tumakbo si Rio sa park.  

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Syllables are also written in different colors. In the other Filipino book we are using, syllables are separated by hyphens (ma-ta-ba), making it harder for my little boy to blend the words when these are removed.

The one word per spread also encourages children and even parents to create stories. In "Kumilos Tayo, Ate!",  the book starts with the word idilat and ends with ipikit. At bedtime, I use this book to engage my son in a conversation about the activities he did the entire day. He will tell me these words : laro, ligo, kain. When we reach the last page and word, it means it's time to close his eyes and sleep.

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I can't wait to let Rio experience the word "sumipsip"as shown in the book. It reminds me of my favorite summer activity with my  kababatas (childhood friends) - sipping something out from those santan flowers.

We will definitely bring along these board books when we hit the beach, magbabasa kami habang nagduduyan! 

Nanays, what are your favorite Filipino storybooks? Name some of your children's favorite Filipino action words. Let's share our favorite picks and stories. 

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June 28, 2015 at 5:33 PM delete

Where can I get these books?

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nanaystrip
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June 29, 2015 at 2:17 AM delete

Hi May! I got these books from Tahanan Books' warehouse sale last month in Makati. You can try to look for these books at The Learning Basket's shop. Baka may stocks sila. Miss you, sis!

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June 29, 2015 at 2:25 AM delete

Miss you too, sis! Dami ko kwento!

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Nicole Paler
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June 30, 2015 at 4:52 AM delete

This will be perfect when Jenae comes to her kinder1 schoolyear as they start to teach filipino at that time... thanks for letting us know about this, I'm sure other moms will be buying this for their kids as well. :)

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June 30, 2015 at 8:34 AM delete

Lol I think even my teenager can benefit from these books!

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June 30, 2015 at 4:12 PM delete

I recently brought Filipino books from Adarna and I think they're great for learning at home, especially since we do not speak Tagalog. Most of our children's books here are US based so it would nice to add more books based here in the country. Thank you for these recommendations, Nanay!

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Rose Angelie
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July 1, 2015 at 4:04 AM delete

I can't remember buying any Filipino storybooks for my kids, since I don't think I had one when I was younger. We have Filipino textbooks though from the school but I admit, we only use it to study if merong homework. Hehe So far, I haven't really taught my kids Filipino since we basically speak Bisaya. But good thing, we watch local TV programs naman everyday, so expose sila sa language.

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July 1, 2015 at 11:29 AM delete

Teaching my youngest to read too. This is a very helpful read.

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mrsmartinezsweetie
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July 1, 2015 at 9:13 PM delete

Ang cute naman ng books! I will check these when I visit a bookstore.

xoxo
MrsMartinez

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Mommy Anna
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July 2, 2015 at 3:11 AM delete

I want that book to help my son to read and speak tagalog clearly he is bulol in tagalog words and keeps on saying " I don't like tagalog". He can understand naman and speaks a little

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Ayi
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July 4, 2015 at 12:33 PM delete

Very cute. I am starting to teach my kids simple Filipino words too and this would help. I'll check this out :)

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July 6, 2015 at 12:17 AM delete

These books look great! And it's definitely something to invest in to teach my daughter how to read in tagalog. :)

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Balot
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July 6, 2015 at 2:44 AM delete

Remembering Pepe and Pilar books used by my parents years back. Nice recommendations for my Nursery student :) Thanks

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July 6, 2015 at 4:46 AM delete

it was rather tricky to teach the little ones Filipino, i wish i discovered this when my little man was just learning to speak tagalog!

it is good that mums + children have more options these days. my favorite Filipino books are those adarna books they sell in schools, i have one called "ang prinsipeng ayaw magsalita"

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July 6, 2015 at 5:09 AM delete

That's a pretty cool book. Where'd you buy it again? Is this available like at NBS? I think that would also help my 3yr old daughter.:)

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Monica Espina
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July 6, 2015 at 6:39 AM delete

Good day Mommies! Our Kumilos Tayo board books (Php 150.00 each) are available in all branches of National Bookstore, Powerbooks, and Fully Booked-The Fort branch. Thank you.

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rozellevendil
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July 6, 2015 at 8:33 AM delete

My son is still young, 19 months old only. But I guess, I will need these books in the future. The price of Php 150.00 is good enough already considering that it is a "board" type of book. Thanks for sharing!

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Rhoda Fajardo
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July 8, 2015 at 10:16 AM delete

This is very helpful for WAHMs in teaching their kids at home. My kids were raised speaking in English. But my eldest, who's now in Grade 6, can speak Filipino fluently. My second child, who's 3 y/o, still has a lot of Filipino words to learn. Good thing her schoolmates mostly speak in Filipino so she can learn among her peers, just like my eldest.

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nanaystrip
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July 9, 2015 at 4:54 PM delete

These books make our reading lessons more interesting. My diy flashcards are no match to these books. Hope you can get hold of these super helpful books and share your thoughts too. :-)

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nanaystrip
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July 9, 2015 at 4:57 PM delete

Why not? We can start with these simple and basic Filipino action words. I know there are comics written in Filipino. You can search for Manix Abrera's works. Your teenager will love his works!

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nanaystrip
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July 9, 2015 at 5:46 PM delete

You're welcome, Pam. Filipino storybooks can be very helpful in teaching the richness of our culture to our children. We're also working on our Filipino book collection. Thanks for reading!

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nanaystrip
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July 9, 2015 at 5:50 PM delete

I wish I knew how to speak in Bisaya. I took a few units of Ilocano in college but I can only recall a few words. Ang ganda ng mga wika ng ating bayan. It's good that we expose our children to many languages as they grow old. :-)

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nanaystrip
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July 9, 2015 at 5:53 PM delete

Thanks! Challenging magturo magbasa, no? But listening to our children as they independently read the words can be very touching and fulfilling. Iba ang feeling!

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nanaystrip
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July 9, 2015 at 5:54 PM delete

Yes, do check them out. Fun and very helpful books!

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nanaystrip
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July 9, 2015 at 5:57 PM delete

My son invents Taglish words like ligo-ing, walis-ing! Kaloka, di ba? It's best to start with familiar action words in Filipino to make it easier for them to recall and say.

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nanaystrip
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July 9, 2015 at 6:00 PM delete

Yes, these books are very helpful. My son can easily identify the words with common situations and daily activities. Kanino ka nagmamano? He will enumerate the names of his Lolos! Thanks for reading!

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nanaystrip
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July 9, 2015 at 6:02 PM delete

Yes, these are good investments! Board books pa kaya talagang magtatagal. :-)

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nanaystrip
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July 9, 2015 at 6:07 PM delete

Wow! You have Pepe and Pilar books. :-) I used to read Filipino comics when I was young. It helped me to learn the language in the easiest, most simple and fun way. These Kumilos Tayo series are gems, very useful for beginners!

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nanaystrip
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July 9, 2015 at 9:45 PM delete

You're right, Vix! Parents even have apps to help them teach their children Filipino words. Joomajam uses music to make Filipino lessons more fun for our children. There's also Alpabasa, a game-based learning tool to help parents and educators teach children how to read. :-)

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nanaystrip
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July 9, 2015 at 9:49 PM delete

These are available at NBS branches. :-) Buy na! Your daughter will love the books. You can do a lot of creative activities out of the action words included in the books. Enjoy!

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nanaystrip
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July 9, 2015 at 9:51 PM delete

Thanks, Ms. Monica! We'll look for the Tahanan Books' corner in the bookstores you mentioned. :-)

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nanaystrip
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July 9, 2015 at 9:56 PM delete

Yes, you can start reading aloud the action words to your son. He will love the illustrations in the books. Besides the action words, you can also teach him Filipino words through the drawings -- bulaklak, aso, puno, aklat, etc.

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nanaystrip
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July 9, 2015 at 9:59 PM delete

I think conversations with other children in Filipino is one of the best, if not the most effective, way to make our children learn the language.

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July 12, 2015 at 5:37 AM delete

This is great material for homeschoolers! Thanks for sharing!

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July 16, 2015 at 5:01 AM delete

I need these books! My eldest is having a hard time reading in Filipino.

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tweenselmom
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July 20, 2015 at 12:32 AM delete

You are such a great reading advocate Mommy Nadia. I bet your child is so smart :-)

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nanaystrip
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July 30, 2015 at 4:46 PM delete

Hi Mommy Lani! Naku, super kulit ng anakis ko. Hehe. Thanks for dropping by.

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