However, i noticed that my grade 1 student is still having difficulty with the subject considering he is number 1 in (Filipino subject) his class (he is the only one who speaks Filipino). There are filipino terms that we do not use daily, such as abaniko for fan, alon for wave, mais for corn, manika for doll and so much more. When i say difficult, it means we alot time to review for the subject. Otherwise, he won't get a perfect score.
Many have had advised us to use english language in communicating with our children so they will be at ease with it, to others speaking english is a status symbol. But for us, we believe that building confidence is far more important than the language our children are using. It is important that they are able to express themselves clearly and correctly (without being shy).
Last month, we attended a birthday party when one mommy asked my son, "ano'ng pangalan mo?" " ang pangalan ko po ay Nathaniel ignatius m. Santiago" replied nathan. Followed by ilang taon ka na? And saan ka nag-aaral?, to which he answered, "Ako po ay limang taong gulang, ako po ay nag aaral sa paaralang Xavier." It is very simple, but hearing him answer in a complete sentence without any hesitation truly made me proud.