Things That Really Matter

The ultimate goal of reading is for children to become sufficiently fluent to understand what they read and to motivate them to want to read. Learning to read is critical to a child’s overall well-being. If a youngster does not learn to read in our literacy-driven society, hope for a fulfilling, productive life diminishes. In short, difficulties learning to read are not only an educational problem but also a serious concern in the enhancement of human well-being.

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So how do children learn to read?

 

Every child reads something he or she chooses and understands. The experience of choosing in itself boosts motivation. Students read more, understand more, and are more likely to continue reading when they have the opportunity to choose what they read. Studies found that the two most powerful factors for improving reading motivation and comprehension were (1) student access to many books and (2) personal choice of what to read.  The Project Vi Mobile Library, an initiative of the Office of the Provincial Governor-Provincial School Board Secretariat, and whose mission is to create love for reading and develop an appreciation for books in our students, has embarked on achieving its mission by providing access to storybooks to public elementary school pupils in Kindergarten and 1st grade in the province. Each school visit consists of book lending where children borrow storybooks of their choice for one week. Students read their borrowed books inside their respective classrooms, assisted by teachers and staff through guided reading. The first five years of elementary education are the most formative years when the young learn to read. It is at this stage of learning that they learn through books about the beauty and diversity of the world around them.

 

How else do children learn to read?

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Every child listens to a fluent adult read aloud. The single most important activity for building knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children on a regular basis. Studies show that reading stories aloud mean to develop children’s attention span, listening skills, vocabulary, and their positive attitudes toward reading.  It does not require special materials or training; it simply requires a decision to use class time more effectively. Read aloud sessions were carried out for children of Kindergarten and 1st grade on each school visit to Bolo Elementary School in Bauan West last 18th February 2016; Banoyo Elementary School in San Luis last 23rd February 2016; and Talaga Elementary School in Mabini last 24th February 2016. Nothing is more exciting than seeing young children enjoy read aloud storytelling sessions with PSB teachers. The students were delighted upon hearing the stories of Emang Engkantada at Tatllong Haragan by Rene O. Villanueva and illustration by Alfonso Oñate and Wilfredo Pollarco; Bakit Matagal ang Sundo Ko by Kristine Canon and illustration by Mariano Ching; and Lala Burara by Excel Dyquiangco and illustration by Tintin Pantoja. These kinds of stories are the ones that fascinate, entertain and inform young learners and at the same time, evoke their curiosity and imagination and help them in developing questioning minds. Read Aloud storytelling sessions are also used to impart values and social consciousness that imbue moral lessons in the stories read. In the story, Si Emang Engkantada at Tatllong Haragan, three naughty children refuse to care for their environment: they destroy plants, waste water and throw garbage just about anywhere! Then one day, an enchantress decides to teach them a lesson they will never forget. In Bakit Matagal ang Sundo Ko? (Why is my Mommy late?), a girl overcomes her fear when her mother is late to pick her up at school by letting her wild imagination run like riding on the back of a turtle or flying with an eagle that may explain why her mother is late to pick her up. And what is the “messy story” behind Lala Burara?  It tells a classic tale of messiness when Lala resents her mother for constantly nagging her about it. Then one day, the mess in her room grows to monstrous proportion. This is perfect for parents who want to teach their young ones a lesson on being responsible for cleaning up one’s own mess. Post-reading Question-and-Answer based on the stories read aloud were conducted. This encourages fun reading by exercising the children’s imagination and thinking skills. While younger children benefit from fewer interruptions during and after reading in order to maintain attention, occasionally the students were asked questions about the story and illustrations in the book that provide them with a model of how to talk about books and enhance their ability to remember what they have heard.

 

So how do children learn to read?? They need to read a lot and they need books they can read. Every child should experience reading every day. The things that really matter are the ones when we decide to give our children the kind of ‘reading’ they need and offer more consistently to every child, in every school, on a regular basis. Indeed, education – reading — and the enhancement of our children’s overall well-being are too important because our children deserve nothing less.

 

 

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Christmas celebrations are always great fun. They only happen once a year but reading can happen every day, anytime of the year. There’s always a bit of extra magic for Christmas ‘reading’ parties.  And what better way to celebrate Christmas than in the three selected public elementary schools in the province of Batangas – Mohon Elementary School in Sta. Teresita on December 1st; San Felipe Elementary School in Cuenca on December 3rd; and Balibago Elementary School in Lobo on December 10th, 2015. We should know; we have been organizing ‘reading’ parties for three years where we encourage reading by turning reading time into party time!

 

We all know that reading is at the forefront of all pupils do the entire year, but Project Vi’s celebration of Christmas in Reading during this month of December provides opportunities to explore reading in new ways aimed at inspiring love of reading, developing an appreciation for books, and motivating children to read every day of the year while having a bit of fun in the process.

 

During the celebration at each school, reading is transformed into a relaxed and exciting place to celebrate with friends. A total of three hundred forty-five (345) kindergarten and 1st grade public school pupils had singing and dancing to kick off the day, which was so much fun! Students were asked to think about the reasons reading makes them feel good.

 

The single most important activity for building knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children. Studies show that reading stories aloud mean to develop children’s attention span and listening skills. Reading aloud to children gives them new understandings on various subjects that they encounter only through books. In addition, children’s attitudes toward reading appear to be more positive when they are read aloud to on a regular basis.

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Seeing teachers or adults reading with enjoyment increases the chance that children will become lifelong readers.  At Balibago Elementary School in Lobo, our guest storyteller and reader is the youngest Member of the Batangas Provincial Board or the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial legislature) of Batangas, Hon. Katrin Erika A. Buted or “Ate Katkat” to these young kids. These children rarely get to see this fantastic lady who shared her favorite book with them. A good read-aloud “Ate Katkat” conducted was the story, Si Emang Engkantada at Tatllong Haragan by Rene O. Villanueva, illustration by Alfonso Oñate and Wilfredo Pollarco. It’s a story about three naughty children who refuse to care for their environment: they destroy plants, waste water and throw garbage just about anywhere! Then one day, an enchantress decides to teach them a lesson they will never forget. While younger children benefit from fewer interruptions during and after reading in order to maintain attention, occasionally Ate Katkat asked the pupils questions about the story and illustrations. This provides the young pupils with a model of how to talk about books and enhances their ability to remember what they have heard.

 

To put it simply, children like prizes and most are motivated by them. During the party games, the pupils won prizes that range from notebooks, and pencils and box of crayons to water color and pads of paper. And in all the three schools, the absolute favorite part of the reading celebration was the guest appearance of a surprise guest, Jollibee. Nothing beats the pretty smiles on children’s faces when Jollibee paid these children a visit to meet and greet them a very Merry Christmas. He had the crowd on their feet when he danced around to the Jollibee songs. After Jollibee posed for photos with the pupils, teachers, and staff, the children were served lunch of Chicken joy with rice, a peach mango pie, and a juice drink.  We rounded off the celebration with each pupil receiving a simple party favor such as a small toy from Jollibee. After all, Christmas for young children is one of the most special times of the year, and we know it!

 

Let us make our Christmas Magical! Celebrate the festive season in reading!

Happy Christmas!

 

 

Written by

Teacher Liza Reyes

 

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Mohon ES (Sta. Teresita)

 

San Felipe ES (Cuenca)

 

 

November was officially designated as the National Reading Month by Education Secretary Armin Luistro through Memorandum #244 which he signed last 2011. In connection to that, November 27 of each year has been declared as “Araw ng Pagbasa” (National Reading Day) through Republic Act 10556. This is in honor of the father of President Benigno Aquino III, the late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., whose birth date is November 27, 1932. And in 1936, President Manuel L. Quezon saw that “it is desirable that the task of arousing a widespread interest in the reading of good books be recognized as a highly patriotic duty as well as a privilege.” In this light, he signed Proclamation No. 109, s. 1936 – which declares November 24 to 30 of each year as National Book Week.

 

Whew…what an exciting month!

 

The Provincial School Board Secretariat under the Office of the Provincial Governor organized a reading party in celebration of the Reading activities this month. The Project Vi Mobile Library spearheaded the celebration when one hundred forty three (143) kindergarten and 1st grade public school pupils of Bigain Elementary School in San Jose, Batangas, kicked off the National Reading Month by participating in a reading party last November 19, 2015. The goal is to motivate pupils to read not only during the month of November but also every day of the year. Even young children who are not yet reading can join in the celebration of National Reading Month. Research findings highlight the fact that literacy skills begin to develop at birth.

 

The School Board had planned and organized a bunch of fun activities for this year’s reading celebration. And we have highlights of our reading celebration to share. We started off the celebration by asking the pupils to think about the reasons why reading is a good thing. Books have the power to benefit even the young ones in a myriad of ways and reading is one of the most important things we can do to prepare them with a foundation for academic excellence. We also need to teach children to take proper care of books around them. Children were asked to cite ways on how they can take good care of books so that they can be enjoyed over and over again.

Research concluded that the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children. Many teachers believe reading aloud enhances classroom instruction and improves academic achievement — and recent research supports these beliefs. During our celebration, we encouraged reading by turning reading time into party time! Nothing is more exciting than seeing young children enjoy read aloud with PSB teachers. The pages of story books are projected on a screen so that all attendees could read along. Values and social consciousness are instilled in the children through the conduct of storybook activities that imbue moral lessons in the stories read. A favorite read aloud during our celebration were the stories of Bakit Matagal ang Sundo Ko by Kristine Canon and illustration by Mariano Ching and Lala Burara by Excel Dyquiangco and illustration by Tintin Pantoja. In Bakit Matagal ang Sundo Ko? (Why is my Mommy late?), a girl overcomes her fear when her mother is late to pick her up at school by letting her wild imagination run like riding on the back of a turtle or flying with an eagle that may explain why her mother is late to pick her up. What is the “messy story” behind Lala Burara?  It tells a classic tale of messiness when Lala resents her mother for constantly nagging her about it. Then one day, the mess in her room grows to monstrous proportion. This is perfect for parents who want to teach their young ones a lesson on being responsible for cleaning up one’s own mess. Post-reading Question-and-Answer based on the stories read aloud were conducted. This encourages fun reading by exercising the children’s imagination and thinking skills.

Exciting party games are just what you need to liven up the party and provide the children tons of laughs and memories. Worthy prizes with great selection of treats were given to winners. The absolute favorite part of this reading celebration was the guest appearance of our surprise guest, Jollibee. Nothing beats the pretty smiles on children’s faces when countdown began. And guess who came out after the countdown? Jollibee himself! He came to surprise the children, to meet and greet them, as well as to dance and pose for photos. The children were all so thrilled to sing and dance and laugh with Jollibee.  After, lunch was served and each child had Chicken joy with rice, a peach mango pie, and a juice drink. Then they went home with eyes smiling after each one received a toy gift from Jollibee. Awesome!

“The children had a blast! We are so happy and thankful for this wonderful project,” the school head, Ms. Dulce Gutierrez, said with enthusiasm.

This month and every month, let’s give Reading a chance.

Happy Reading!

 

Written By:

Liza Reyes

 

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It is official: the season we Filipinos love to call “summer” has arrived. People bask in the beaches all over the country to stay cool in the summer. But the local school board has another way to beat the summer heat: Project Vi Mobile Library Summer Reading for Fun! It is all about summer fun time and a whole lot more that included storytelling, parents and children reading together, Earth Day Bingo, Earth Ball game, singing, dancing, family meal times, book-giving, and game prizes!

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Project Vi Mobie Library Summer Fun is a project implemented and coordinated by the Batangas Provincial School Board under the Office of the Provincial Governor and the Department of Education Division of Batangas. Its general goal is to inspire love of reading and develop an appreciation for books even during the summer months. The first five years of elementary education are the most formative years when the young learn to read.

 

A total of 154 kindergarten and grade one pupils from two randomly selected public elementary schools in Taysan and Laurel, Batangas, were provided with opportunities for self-expression through the use of directed play, singing, storytelling, and movement activities while inspiring them to pick up a book and get reading over the summer. This is a wonderful time for children to discover the joy of reading, to learn new things, and to have fun! Both the school heads, Ms. Armela Umali (Mataas na Lupa ES) and Mr. Julian Gamo (Martin Esperanza ES), were very pleased to be given this opportunity, adding that “the love of reading is being encouraged through library programs and services such as this that provide quality learning activities that are fun”.

 

Earth Day is on the 22nd day of April every year. Earth Day is a day to remember to take care of our planet, Earth. The Provincial School Board celebrated Earth Day with Mataas na Lupa Elementary School in Taysan and Martin Esperanza Elementary School in Laurel on Wednesday, 15 April 2015, and Friday, 17 April 2015, respectively. Reading for the Earth is the platform that Project Vi Mobile Library used to promote environmental literacy. The Provincial School Board teachers read aloud stories about care for the environment to teach every child that if we don’t actively care for the environment, it could seriously deteriorate. The teachers were not afraid to use silly voices and act out the story!

 

The story of Ang Huling Puno (The Last Tree) by Richard Reynante and illustrations by Arnould Nuestro, tells the story about the last of the trees in the city that is under threat of being cut down to give way to the construction of a huge building where it stands. If the tree vanishes forever, where would Obstinate Owl, Monkey Valentin, Minyang Pussycat, Connie Rabbit and Kiko Iguana live? And where would the children Estong, Mimi and Dondon play? They need to come up with a plan to prevent the demise of their beloved tree.

Another story read was Si Emang Engkantada at ang Tatlong Haragan written by Rene O. Villanueva and Alfonso Oñate and illustrated by Wilfredo Pollarco. The story is about three naughty children who refuse to care for their environment: they destroy plants, waste water and electricity and throw garbage just about anywhere! One day, an enchantress decides to teach them a lesson they will never forget. Emang Engkantada will teach them the importance of preserving environmental resources.

 

And to celebrate International Day of Families in advance of May 15, this summer fun celebrated the importance of families and to encourage adults and children to explore the pleasures of reading together. Take home reading booklets were distributed to each parent-student pair during the Reading with Nanay and Tatay portion. This activity is designed to encourage children and adults to read together. While going around, one can hear each parent and child pair talked about the stories they read together, giving the child a chance to read aloud to Nanay and Tatay and vice versa. The parents and their children loved that we sent home the take home reading booklets with a writing pencil. Reading aloud will give the child the opportunity to practice his reading skills even at home while encouraging rereading of favorite stories that they can read easily and opening any reading material even after school doors close.

 

With this year’s Earth Day theme, all families participated in the Earth Day Bingo where they learned facts about important Earth Day terms, concepts, and vocabulary using this exciting bingo game. And what is a celebration without some cool music to play? The pupils played the Pass the Earth Ball, Stop the Music game. All players must stand together in a circular arrangement. One of the players must hold a ball and when the music is played, the player holding the ball should pass it on to the one standing next to him and that candidate to the next one and so on. This should go on until the music is stopped suddenly. The player who is to be found holding the ball at this point should be considered as OUT. The most important rule is to have fun. Toward the end of the program, all winners were awarded with prizes; each winner received a bag of grocery items.
Snacks and family lunch were served to all families. Family meals provide an opportunity for family members to spend time enjoying good food and each other’s company. The food was plentiful and beautifully cooked with the help of the PTA members of each school.

 

The Project Vi Mobile Library has already gotten the International Book Giving Day February 14th celebration underway, gifting gently used books to school recipients. The books were donated by Worldwide Anti-Crime and Child Abuse Assistance Foundation, Inc. (WACCAA), under the leadership of the Chief Executive Officer and President, Marilyn Digman Esden, who donated last year more than a thousand gently-used books to the Batangas Provincial School Board for distribution to school recipients. In this year’s summer reading fun, gently used books and resource materials were given to both schools beefing up their libraries.

 

Children acquire skills throughout the school year, but they can lose ground if learning stops during the summer break. Fortunately, learning never has to stop. The more they like to read, the more they will read.

 

Happy Summer Reading! J

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Reading is important! When you read or when someone reads to you, it helps you learn and discover new things.

 

Every year on the first Wednesday of March, World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. It is a very important special day created by Pam Allyn and Lit World, a nonprofit organization she founded. WRAD is an effort to spread awareness of the impact that reading aloud and literacy has on young children.

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A study finds reading to children of all ages grooms them to read more on their own. Reading aloud to young children is not only one of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive skills; it also builds motivation, curiosity, and memory. (Bardige, B. Talk To Me, Baby! (2009), Paul H Brookes Pub Co).

 

In honor of the World Read Aloud Day, the Provincial School Board joined in the celebration of World Read Aloud Day at Tulay Elementary School in Ibaan, last Thursday, 5th March 2015, with 162 kindergarten and grade one boys and girls in attendance. The celebration started with a welcome message from the school head, Ms. Marilou Kalalo, followed by a visual presentation on the importance of reading and caring for our books. The story reading aloud sessions highlighted the event. Anyone who’s ever read a story aloud appreciates the joy in a child’s face as the plot and characters come to life. Fact is, everyone felt the excitement of the stories as they were narrated by our PSB teachers.

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First-grade teacher said this event is “amazing, fantastic and wonderful. This gives students of all levels a chance to get up and read aloud.” The storytelling sessions were followed by post-reading activities with small prizes, class book lending, and little soup kitchen, among others.

 

And to wrap up this year’s WRAD event and in celebration of the International Book Giving Day last February 14th, the School Board handed over gently used books and reading materials to the school’s growing library. The books were donated by Worldwide Anti-Crime and Child Abuse Assistance Foundation, Inc. (WACCAA), under the leadership of the Chief Executive Officer and President, Marilyn Digman Esden, who donated last year more than a thousand gently-used books to the Batangas Provincial School Board (PSB) for distribution to school recipients.

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Read Aloud and change the world. Together, let us ignite the world with hope for every child through the magical powers of the read aloud.

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Can you feel the excitement building? It’s that time of year again: International Book Giving Day! This is a day dedicated to getting new, used, and borrowed books into the hands of as many children as possible. The date is easy to remember as it takes place on Valentine’s Day, 14 February. The idea is to put the focus on giving books.

 

International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books. International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th. 14th February has so quickly emerged as a truly great day to help all children, across the globe, gain access to books.

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The Project Vi Mobile Library has already gotten the celebration underway, gifting gently used books to a lucky school recipient. The books were donated by Worldwide Anti-Crime and Child Abuse Assistance Foundation, Inc. (WACCAA), under the leadership of the Chief Executive Officer and President, Marilyn Digman Esden, who donated last year more than a thousand gently-used books to the Batangas Provincial School Board (PSB) for distribution to school recipients.

 

This year, gently used books and reading materials were given to Dagatan Elemenrary School in Taysan, Batangas, during the Project Vi Mobile Library read aloud event held at the school grounds on a fine Tuesday morning of the 17th of February 2015 with 199 kindergarten and 1st grade public school pupils in attendance. The event reeled off with the invocation and opening program. This then was followed by storytelling sessions, post-reading activities with small prizes, class book lending, and Little soup kitchen among others.

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The school head, Ms. Erlinda Arnigo, was very pleased to be given this opportunity, adding that “these books will definitely help maintain the school’s growing library and hopefully encourage more of their pupils to create love for reading.”

 

So here’s an idea. If you celebrate Valentine’s Day, do it with a book. If you don’t, no need to worry, just celebrate books and give a book to someone: a family member, a friend, a colleague or just someone you know. You can also organize activities in your classroom with your students. They will also have book stories to share. For librarians & other community leaders, consider how to best get books to children in need in your community.

 

The Provincial School Board invites everyone to get involved in this yearly event, where anyone can…

 

  • Invite others to participate.
  • Organize a book drive.
  • Organize a used book swap.
  • Organize a story time.
  • Help publicize International Book Giving Day.

 

What a fantastic success International Book Giving Day was!

 

How did you celebrate International Book Giving Day?

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It’s Christmas, what better time of the year to get together and party?

 

Any young children heading to their school’s covered court for a ‘reading party’ at Butong Elementary School in Taal last Wednesday, 3rd December 2014 were in for a surprise. To keep our young students reading even during Christmas season, the Provincial School Board hosted a reading party with Jollibee. This is the local school board’s third yearly Christmas reading party. There were 210 kindergarten and 1st grade public school pupils in attendance who were all in sizzling excitement.

 

In this event, the pupils listened to fun and inspiring stories.  Stories play a pivotal role in children’s learning as stories can link the world of classroom, home and beyond.   It is crucial to children’s enjoyment in books and motivates them to read for themselves in the future. As a warmer, the local school board teachers started the session with a children’s song, matched with simple actions, letting the children exercise as well. This then was followed by stories, which were concluded by a question-and-answer portion where children, who gave correct answers to questions based on the stories read aloud, were given prizes such as pad papers, pencils, crayons, etc. The storyteller read ‘Si Wako, Ang Kwagong Pilyo’ by Victoria Anonuevo and published by Adarna. The story tells of the conversion of a bad owl to a good owl. Another narrated the story on proper nutrition entitled ‘Ang Walong Baso ni Kuya Paquito’ written by Annie Pacaña-Lumbao. Kuya Paquito, the main character in the story, is the fastest and smartest among his playmates and consumes eight glasses of water and beverages daily. The book aims to facilitate nutrition education, particularly proper rehydration, among Filipino children. The pages of story books were projected on a screen so that all attendees could read along. Values and social consciousness are instilled in the children through the conduct of storybook activities that imbue moral lessons in the stories read.

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After the storytelling sessions and during lunch time, the pupils enjoyed a hearty Jollibee kiddie meal which consisted of chicken, rice, peach mango pie, a drink, and the favorite of all, a surprise gift. Party games with Jollibee items as prizes are just what you need to liven up the party and provide tons of laughs and memories. And as part of the Christmas celebration, the local school board invited Jollibee and Hetty to perform a cute dance number to entertain the young audience. Imagine the children’s faces when their favorite Jollibee characters rocks up to their reading party and spends the hour entertaining them with games, dancing, and lots of interactive fun. Jollibee and Hetty invited the pupils to keep reading, sent their holiday wishes for the pupils and took part in a lot of goofy photo-op with the teachers and pupils. It was truly an unforgettable experience for everyone. Merry Christmas!

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Through Memorandum No. 244, the month of November was declared as the National Reading Month. The annual event signed by Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro in 2011 is celebrated to promote the Filipinos’ love for reading and in support of the 10-point education agenda of the Aquino Administration and the promotion of Every Child a Reader Program (ECARP). With this year’s theme, “Nasa Pagbasa ang Pag-Asa”, the Provincial School Board is enjoined to hold reading activities which would instill love for reading among Filipino children.

 

The event reeled off with the invocation and opening program at the school grounds of Inicbulan Elementary School in Bauan West Thursday morning of the 6th of November 2014 with 152 kindergarten and 1st grade public school pupils in attendance.

 

The local school board teachers read Rene O. Villanueva and  Lem Garcellano’s “Si Inggolok at ang Planeta Pakaskas,” a story about an edible planet and an individual who worries about how the planet is slowly deteriorating because of abuse and gluttony. “They were very eager to listen and read. The story was nice, too, because it is child friendly,” a grade one teacher said of the 152 pupils who were very active and participative. The pages of story books were projected on a screen so that all attendees could read along. Values and social consciousness are instilled in the children through the conduct of storybook activities that imbue moral lessons in the stories read. The pupils were also delighted upon hearing another story of Rene O. Villanueva’s “Si Emang Engkantada at ang Tatlong Haragan,” where three naughty children refuse to care for their environment: they destroy plants, waste water and throw garbage just about anywhere! One day, an enchantress decides to teach them a lesson they will never forget. 

 

During the storytelling sessions, the storytellers do not simply read pupils a story and call it a day. It involves much more than that. Teachers verbally interact with the pupils throughout the process. This process includes pre-reading, during reading, and post-reading activities to ensure they understand and make connections with the story. After the storytelling sessions, the pupils enjoyed a lovely bowl of freshly cooked macaroni soup, bread and juice for snacks. At the end of the program, the pupils were each given Reading Folder to take home. This take home reading folder involves reading at home by the pupil with his parents or an older sibling. It is an opportunity to have extra reading practice and provides a book to those without reading material in the home.

 

 

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Through Republic Act 10556, “Araw ng Pagbasa” (National Reading Day), which aims to promote reading and literacy and motivate awareness, was designated every 27th of November. And to coincide with the week of the celebration of the birth anniversary of the late Senator Benigno ‘Ninoy” Aquino on November 27, and to celebrate his ardent love of reading, another reading event was held at the Calumala Elementary School in Sta Teresita on the 25th of November 2014. The local school board held reading activities with 42 kindergarten and 1st grade public school pupils. It was a terrific way to culminate the celebration of National Reading Month. The event highlights the month-long celebration aimed at promoting the love for reading.

 

Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro said, “Ang pagbabasa ay nagbubukas sa mga mundo na hindi natin makikilala. Ito ay magdadala sa atin sa kahit.” Indeed, reading is the vital way to make a child become successful in his life.

 

 

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To promote books and to inspire young people to pick up a book amid get reading, the National Children’s Book Day or NCBD is a yearly event that takes place every third Tuesday of July to commemorate the anniversary of the publication of Jose Rizal’s rendition of the “Monkey and the Turtle” found in the July 1889 issue of the Oriental Record in London. It is organized by the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY), a private non-profit organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. NCBD was first held in 1984 and has been nurturing the young and curious minds of children for 25 years. This year’s theme is “Pumitas ng aklat. Buklatin. Basahin“.

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Last 14th of July, Theresa Comia, a Provincial School Board (PSB) teacher, read aloud to an amazing Kindergarten class at OB Montessori Pagsasarili Preschool in Batangas City. She read “Tiktaktok at Pikpakbum”, written by Rene Villanueva and illustrated by Renato Gamos. The book is about two brothers who oftentimes get into fights over the smallest things. This story illustrates how things take a different turn when the thoughtfulness of one saves the other from real danger. Gemma Harina, the class teacher said that “the children loved reading and thoroughly enjoyed having a chance to ask questions after the story.” It was a fantastic experience and everyone enjoyed seeing the children avidly listen along as the teacher read out loud.

Shortly after the read aloud sessions, the Kindergarten children worked on worksheets based on the story read aloud at their own level and their own pace. Artistic worksheets for kindergarteners also help them develop creative thinking and fine motor skills. The children were then divided into small groups. Appropriately leveled reading materials were selected for the group and each child had his/her own book. The teacher observes the pupils as they read the text softly or silently to themselves. The teacher provided guidance and coaching to individuals based on her observations by providing prompts, asking questions, and encouraging attempts at reading strategy application.

The NCBD celebration also included snack time where kindergarteners were served healthy cookies and biscuits and orange juice. To wrap up this year’s celebration, a package of school supplies consisting of notebooks, pad papers, pencils, and crayons were distributed among the class. One of the best things in life is seeing pretty smiles on children’s faces and knowing that you put it there.

Books are one of the keys to getting children interested in reading. Through reading, children have the opportunity to learn about the world around us. There is a whole host of fabulous children’s books out there waiting to be discovered — not just by children but by adults who are young at heart, too!

How did you celebrate yours?

 

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