At last night's Filipino Culture Night at Genesee we played a traditional Filipino game called "Maria Went To Town." This is a relay race in which the first two people on each team put on a dress and other clothes (in our game, a sweater, necklace and sunglasses), and race to a chair, carrying a basket filled with items you might get at a store. After going around the chair and returning to their team, the next person in line has to put on the outfit and do the same thing. The winning team is the first to finish. Here are some photos from last night's game. I am excited to learn about other games Filipino children play. What are your favorite outside games to play?
In February, Mrs. Cummings and I went to Washington, DC to learn more about global education and to meet the people I would be traveling with to the Philippines. We decided to try some Filipino food and went to a restaurant called the Purple Patch. The first four dishes are made with meat; the last three are desserts. Click on each picture and you can see the description below it.
Which main dish and which dessert would you most like to try? If you come to Filipino Culture Night on Wednesday, May 25th, you will get to try two of these!
When you travel to another country, it is important to be able to communicate, so one of the first things I did when I found out I was going to the Philippines was to learn about the language they spoke. I quickly found out there wasn't just one language, there were many - in fact, over 100! The Philippines has two official languages - Tagalog (also known as Filipino) and English. Did you know that the United States does not have an official language? Using my (free) Seymour Library card, I was able to use the (free) Mango Language Learning program to learn some words and phrases that might be helpful:
What other words or phrases should I learn before I go to the Philippines? Click on "comments" above this post to leave a response. The first student to greet me with "kamusta" today gets a treat (and congratulations to Kimorah from Ms. Altman's class who found out that there is a twelve hour time difference between the Philippines and Auburn!)
Two weeks from today I will be arriving in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. This trip is part of the Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellowship program administered by the United States Department of State. Approximately eighty teachers were selected last June to participate in the year-long program, which includes an eight-week online course in global education, a Global Education Symposium in Washington, DC that took place in February, and an international field experience. I start my trip by flying from Syracuse, NY to Detroit, Michigan, where I will join the other twelve teachers from around the United States who are going on this journey to the Philippines with me. From Detroit, we will fly to Tokyo, Japan, a thirteen hour flight. After a two-hour layover in Tokyo, we will stay on the same plane for a 4 1/2 hour flight to Manila. We will land in Manila at 8:00 pm on June 5th. However, there are different time zones around the world. What time do you think it will be in Auburn, NY when I arrive in Manila? The first student or classroom to comment with the correct answer gets a prize! (Hint: there are websites that can help you figure this out!
Welcome to my travel blog! The most recent posts will be at the top, so if you want to see earlier posts, scroll down or click on one of the links under "Archives."
I am a school librarian at Genesee Elementary School in Auburn, NY where I try to inspire students to be lifelong learners, critical thinkers and adventurers! In June, I am traveling to the Philippines with a group of amazing teachers from around the country as part of a Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellowship. I hope you'll join me on my journey!