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Buwan ng Wika @ Gymboree Preschool

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August is known as the Buwan ng Wika in the Philippines. At this time of the year, we all pay tribute and importance to the Filipino language, remember and play Filipino games, and conduct activities to better understand the Filipino culture. This is also a good opportunity for the kids to learn more about the country. 

In my daughter’s preschool, I am glad to find out that they have a lineup of activities that will teach the kids more about Philippines. It was a month-long celebration of learning traditional songs such as Bahay Kubo, counting in Filipino, teaching and singing the National Anthem, teaching simple Filipino words, familiarizing the kids about Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, and a culminating activity on the last Friday of the month. Buwan ng Wika 1Luzon, Visayas at Mindanao: Isang Bansa, Isang Wika

The event started with a parade around the Kid Zone. The Nursery 1, Nursery 2, and Pre-K students were all dressed in their traditional costumes while waving the Philippine flag, which the students made by themselves. 

My preschooler in her traditional Visayan costume
My preschooler in her traditional Visayan costume

After the parade, the teachers and kids prepared a special dance number while dancing to the song, “Piliin Mo Ang Pilipinas,” sung by Angeline Quinto. It was a proud mommy moment because my daughter danced all throughout. She used to be shy and clingy when there are strangers around, but this time, she was cooperative and dancing with the music.  Buwan ng Wika 3After the dance, the kids took turns playing different traditional Filipino games such as luksong lubid, luksong sako and pukpok palayok. I can tell how happy my preschooler was since it was her first time to try those games. She was a bit competitive too, especially during the palayok game because she want to get those candies. 

Playing luksong lubid
Playing luksong lubid

After playing games, the students went inside the classrooms for more activities. They decorated their own abanikos using paint and made a popular Filipino dessert, crema de fruta with the help of crushed broas, cream, and fruits. Buwan ng Wika 5The activity ended with a simple salu-salo wherein we all contributed Filipino food and native delicacies such as biko, suman, chicken inasal, palabok, barbecue, and piaya among many others. Taho and dirty ice cream carts were also inside the school premises for everybody’s enjoyment. Buwan ng Wika 6The Importance of Celebrating Buwan ng Wika

I have to admit, Filipino is not my first language. I started to learn Filipino when I was six years old and had a hard time adjusting back then. My kids first language is English and now, I am teaching them simple Filipino words and start talking to them in Filipino. I want them to be well-versed in both languages (unlike me!) when they grow up. I saw how attentive my daughter was when they are having lectures about the Philippines and was listening all throughout. I particularly like the traditional games because let’s face it, most kids these days are glued to tablets and rarely go out to play in the streets. 

Aside from being mandatory in accordance to PD 1041, Buwan ng Wika is a good opportunity for students to get  know more about the Philippines. It teaches them not just about the three major islands in the country but also to dig dipper into the Filipino culture. At this stage, it gives them a glimpse of what the Philippines can offer and allow them to “experience” the native practices and traditions.

Growing up, most parents I know teach their kids about the basics – alphabet, counting, color, shapes. Rarely do they teach about the Filipino culture and just leave it up to the schools. Yes, I’m guilty of this too. But of course, let’s not wait for Buwan ng Wika and leave it up to our child’s school for them to learn more about Philippines. Learning should always start at home. 

I can’t wait for next year. It’s my Little J’s turn. 

Ayi

A former law student turned stay-at-home mom of two. Join me and read my adventures as I go through this crazy world called parenting and mommy-hood.

14 Comments

  1. Kaity

    I enjoy school activities!(: I love dressing up my kids and see them participate. Its nice that Gymboree celebrates Linggo ng Wika (:

    02 . Sep . 2015
  2. ceemee

    It’s great that Gymboree also places importance on the Filipino language. I admit I haven’t played much Filipino games. I wish I could learn and play with my children.

    03 . Sep . 2015
  3. Monica

    I miss Linggo ng Wika celebrations in school. Its nice to see really young kids get exposed to these traditions pa.

    03 . Sep . 2015
  4. Maan Laxa

    Aww adorbs! I didn’t know Gymboree held events like this. We were actually considering attending Gymboree classes. This is what we’re missing haha!

    03 . Sep . 2015
    • Ayi

      This is actually for the Gymboree Preschool 🙂 You should try their core classes din Mommy 🙂

      03 . Sep . 2015
      • Maan Laxa

        Yeah, I really meant Gymboree Preschool haha. There’s one just 10 minutes away from home. 😀

        04 . Sep . 2015
        • Ayi

          Oh okay. Hehehe. But they hold events din per occasion and welcome everyone to join 🙂 You should try their preschool din. Okay siya 🙂

          04 . Sep . 2015
  5. Amethystine (@Amethystine)

    My son’s preschool does not celebrate this 🙁 Reminds me of my Linggo ng Wika memories!

    04 . Sep . 2015
  6. Meikah Ybañez-Delid

    Nakakaaliw ang mga activities ng Buwan ng Wika… Kaya di ko ‘to minimiss sa school ng mga kids ko din hehe Your little girl is so cute!!!

    04 . Sep . 2015
    • Ayi

      Thank you mommy 🙂

      04 . Sep . 2015
  7. Rowena Wendy Lei 林露薇 (@animetric)

    All the kids look cute in costume!

    05 . Sep . 2015
  8. Lique Dimayuga

    I agree in raising bilingual kids. Good thing too that Buwan ng Wika Activities are still abound, and lots of fun for the kids, as they should be 🙂 Mabuhay!

    07 . Sep . 2015
  9. Create free resume

    Hi Ayi,
    Thank you for sharing Philippines culture with us.

    08 . Sep . 2015
  10. Balot

    I’m with you mommy, dapat teaching or imparting Filipino traditions and cultures should start from home not from school… noh?

    09 . Sep . 2015

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