Tula: Ang mga Bulag at ang Elepante

The poem “The Blind Men and the Elephant” was written by 19th century American poet John Godfrey Saxe. The poem is based on a parable from India about six blind men who wanted to know what an elephant was like. As each blind man was holding a different part of the elephant, they all had different opinions. The parable is used to teach that one’s experience is subjective and limited, and that we sometimes fail to account for the complete truth. It encourages better communication and respect for a variety of perspectives. I thought it would be nice to translate this poem in Filipino. The poem “Ang mga Bulag at ang Elepante” is my adaptation of the poem in Filipino. (Please note that I excluded the last paragraph, the MORAL, in my adaptation). It may also be used as reading practice for young readers, as a poem to memorize for…

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Munting Langgam

The pdf file below has a poem about ants (langgam) and a writing exercise for students. Click on the link, not the thumbnails, to open the 3-page pdf file. Munting Langgam The poem, its accompanying drawing, and the illustrations on the writing exercise page are by samutsamot_mom. Feel free to print and distribute the reading and writing exercise to your children or students, but please do not do so for profit. Have you written a Filipino poem, short story, or reading exercise for beginner readers? If you would like me to make it into a pdf file to be shared freely with other Filipino teachers and parents who come across this blog, please leave a comment. Thank you!

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Ang Bahaghari

The pdf file below has a poem on rainbows (bahaghari) in Filipino. In the next page, the child is asked to color the rainbow with the colors listed. Click on the link, not the thumbnails, to open the pdf file. Bahaghari The poem and its accompanying drawing are by samutsamot_mom. The rainbow clipart in the second page was obtained from clker.com. Feel free to print and distribute the file to your children or students, but please do not do so for profit.    

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