Monday, December 12, 2016

Tote of Books

I am the Caucasian mother of a daughter of Filipino ethnic heritage.  It has always been a priority of mine to find ways in which we can foster her knowledge of and connection to that heritage.  I have previously written of my attempts to cook Filipino dishes.  I have realized how little I knew of the Filipino history and culture before now.  There is of course a lot more to still learn!

Last year we started  the tradition of giving Rose a tote bag filled with books corresponding to her development and interests.  This year I found a couple books that seemed appropriate.  The first is a book of Tagalog words.  I know no Tagalog, so this will also be a learning experience for me.  The second is still a bit too old for her now and will be put away for another time, but is a book of Filipino children's stories.

I dream of taking a trip to the Philippines with Rose some day.  Maybe a high school graduation trip?  If we go I'll definitely be asking for some guidance, suggestions, and advice from others who have been.

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