So, if you are a follower of my blog on Facebook, you might have seen our Sunday program called “Storytelling Sundays” with Nadia de Leon of Pinoy Kids Read Pinoy Books. It happens in our Facebook Pages: Playful Life with Kids Blog and Pinoy Kids Read Pinoy Books. It started last August where our intention was to be able to promote Filipino Literature to children and share best practices, and stories with fellow parents. Last Sunday, we had a book-based activity after reading the featured storybook: Salamat Po! written by Rusell Molina and illustrated by Tokwa Penaflorida and published by Chikiting Books.
Salamat Po by Russell Molina
It is a simple book with an important lesson taught to its readers. The story is about being grateful for all the things around one person, from the simplest to the grandest of things. The examples in the book are also relatable to the children and anyone who reads it would really say “Salamat Po!” or “Thank You” afterwards.
Salamat Po is a Filipino Translation of Thank you! Filipinos use the words “Po” and “Opo” to signify respect for elders. This is uniquely Filipino and it also reflects how Filipinos put high regards to their elders. It is better to explain to students the concept of Salamat or Gratitude in order for them to understand why we say it, or why people should be grateful. Most of the time, we only ask our children to say thank you to people who give them something without explaining it to them fully. So in order to form in them gratitude deeply it is best to explain and model to them why we are thankful.
In example, when we say :Thank You to our children, we might want to consider stating exactly why. Turn “Thank you” into an open ended sentence like this: ” Thank you for ___________.” This way our children will understand exaclty what was done to them that they should be thankful for.
To emphasize the lesson of gratitude further here are some suggested activities to do:
SALAMAT PO! Garapon
This is inspired by The Habits of Well-Being the Gratitude Jar.It’s just a jar full of gratitude. Just get an empty jar or any container and label it SALAMAT PO. Then prepare colored papers to write any experience, person, events, or object that made you feel grateful for the day. You can open this jar at the end of the year. You can also ask the entire family to put their papers in the jar, and a good idea would be to use different colored paper per family member so when you read it you’ll be reminded of the good things that you were thankful for the year.
Puno ng Thank you o Puno ng Salamat (Tree of Thank you!)
Puno in Filipino means two things depending on the pronounciation. PUNO means Tree, or FULL. So in tdoing this activity, we can introduce to the children that we will draw a trunk of a tree. This will be our PUNO ng THANK YOU. Guide the children to see that the puno lacks its leaves. Then prepare cut out colored papers shaped like leaves. Then they will write things, objects, people, places, activities and anything that they feel grateful for. Then paste each leaf to the tree until it becomes FULL. Making the PUNO (TREE) to PUNO (FULL) ng Thank you!
This is an activity that can integrate values, language, reading, spelling, and arts. After doing their activities a performance task can be done to assess the child’s learning.