March 24 Binhi Lesson:

Filipino Food Heritage and Recap

Here are photos uploaded on our shutterfly webpage. =)

We focused on food influences from China, Spain and the US.

Binhi helped "Jonjon and Trisha" (our friendly class puppets) build the menu for the IP Binhi Restaurant which only had adobo and rice on the menu.

They all "traveled" to China to see and taste Lo Mein! Oh yes... the yummy Lo Mein!

Then they went to Spain to see and taste Leche Flan! We learned that leche flan is made of Eggs (Itlog), Milk (Gatas) and Sugar (Asukal). At this point they've mastered the word "matamis" (sweet)... they had seconds of this sweet sweet dessert!

Lastly, Binhi "flew" to the US to visit a grocery store. Here they saw various canned goods (spam, vienna sausage, fruit cocktail, etc).that we see so common in Filipino pantries today. We also covered the US influence on freezers - icecream, snowcones.. In the Philippines we have halo-halo!

We did a halo-halo craft using poster board tumbler/glass cutouts. The children decorated their poster board tumblers with markers and then rubbed ice cubes on them causing a watercolor effect. The children were so proud of their work!

After learning so much about Filipino food this past school year we had to ask them what their favorite Filipino food is:
Rice! Sinigang! Adobo! Lumpia! Leche Flan! etc. etc.

At this point we introduced our Graduation Song: "Wag Sayangin ang Pagkain" (Don't Waste Food) : a very important value in every Filipino (or everyone's) household.

We've definitely done a lot of eating this year... so we want to make sure nothing goes to waste! =)

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November 18 Binhi Lesson:

Let's cook ("luto") PANCIT!

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½ lb bihon (rice noodle), canton (egg noodle), or sotanghon (glass noodle), or a combination of any 2
½ lb chicken, boiled
2-4Tbs soy sauce, to taste
1 pc carrot, julienne
Handful of green beans cut on a diagonal
¼ cabbage, cut into strips
½ onion, dice
4 cloves garlic, minced
4-5c chicken broth, boil
Scallions, minced

Will learn the words:
  • "hiwa" (slice)
  • "himay" (shred or debone chicken)
  • "dikdik" (mince)
  • "gisa" (sauté)
  • "halo" (mix), etc...

Will also read the book:

Learn how the a typical Filipino Family eats at home (normally...):

And of course we will begin teaching our Christmas Song:

Binhi Christmas Song:
Let's begin to teach our children this song in time for the IP Christmas Program on December 16. I'm hoping your child (and you) will be inspired with the video I uploaded here (click on the title to see video). =D


Silent Night in Tagalog :)

Kaytahimik ng paligid
Sa gabing malamig
Ang sanggol na isinilang
Ng birhen sa sabsaban
Dala'y kapayapaan
Dala'y kapayapaan....

This Sunday, October 14, we are going to the Palengke!!!
We will also learn the ingredients of Sinigang and Adobo.
We will learn the words "MAASIM", "MAALAT" and "MATAMIS.
We are serving some food samples inside the class. See below.
Maasim - sour patch, lemon
Maalat - chips, goldfish
Matamis – M&M, grapes
And Pork Sinigang and Chicken Adobo.
Please let us know if your child cannot have any of these food items.

Sharing a video that we will try to learn as we go through our lessons.... =)

This is just an overview of objectives and goals for BINHI Class AY 2012-2013.

Main objective
For students to continue acquainting themselves with “Food and the Filipino” through activities that promote intellectual, social and language development, as well as, gross and fine motor skills.

Specific Objectives
Students should be able to:

i. Learn Basic Tagalog Words through:
  • Greetings (“Kamusta” at “Paalam”)
  • Weather/Panahon (“Maulan, Maaraw, Mahangin”)
  • Counting/Bilang (“isa hanggang sampu”)
  • Shapes/Hugis (“Bilog, Tatsulok, Parihaba, Parisukat”)
  • Parts of the Body/Bahagi ng Katawan (through songs and games)
  • Family/Pamilya
  • Reading Filipino Books related to Food
  • Learning new songs in Filipino

ii. Learn Philippine Food Culture through application of above activities/objectives:
  • Shapes and numbers related to different types of Filipino Food
  • Application of Five Senses with parts of the body and relating that to Filipino Food through simple food prep or food taste testing
  • Developing simulated or pretend activities

iii. Enhance fine and gross motor skills through games/movement that relate to the Food and Filipino Theme.
  • Developing arts and crafts activities combining all the specific objectives mentioned above.
  • Developing games that will encourage self-reliance, critical thinking and teamwork as well as encourage movement in the classroom.

Possible activities to meet the objectives
  • Part 1 (1:30 to 1:45) – Attendance (15mins)
  • Part 2 (1:45 to 1:55) – Quick Song as Ice Breaker (Kamusta song, Abakada, Weather song) (10mins)
  • Part 3 (1:55 to 2:10) – Introduction to Abakada/Numbers/Shapes (15mins)
  • Part 4 (2:10 to 2:55) – Lesson Proper (Book reading and/or arts & crafts and/or movement) (45mins)
  • Part 5 (2:55 to 3:00) – Paalam Song (5mins)