An alamat is a very old story perceived as actually having happened in the past. It gives some historical background on how a certain thing — food or place for instance — came about. Usually passed on by word-of-mouth, an alamat has little or no evidence to prove its validity. But still, it was never been resolutely doubted especially by our grandparents.
In our small household, exchanging bedtime stories is but common. Usually, husband would come up with his own version of alamat and the kids and even this mother would create our own, too. So when second son’s Filipino teacher required his grade five students to create their own alamat, it was no surprise for my boy to find it too easy to do.
* A project my second son did for his Filipino subject. He wrote this last August 2014. Momi Berlin saves a copy for her boys to read someday and also for other students to help them with their projects and research.
Bedtime stories is really a nice bonding with kids. Making your own stories enhance their creativity too. Reading your blog posts makes me kinda nervous when my son reach this level, mukhang pahirap na mga projects. hehehe!
O my gosh, that’s a good one. I don’t remember doing that at his age. Haha bravo to you son. 🙂 very creative. He has a potential to be a good writer. 🙂
Completely agree with “aral”. And I think more and more people are doing this nowadays already since people are becoming more and more cautious. Kaso nga lang, yung iba na talaga namang may masama ng intensyon from the start pa lang, e kakaibiganin at kukunin ang loob mo para easy nalang later on na maisagawa ang plano. (hehe, plano talaga). Pero it’s true, it’s a sad truth.
Impressive! Love how it touches on immigration and the underlying message of maltreatment of its natives. I have never been a structured-type of writer so my children will certainly need help from other people in this area, haha!