How to Develop a Deep and Lasting Love for Reading

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One of the activity that I want my children to form a habit is READING.  Because I believe that it is one of the important skills that every person has to master.  It is not enough that a reader is able to put together the sounds of the letters to form words.  It is equally important to understand the text that is being read.  That's why educators put emphasis in finding the best reading strategies that will aid the students in mastering the five components of reading --phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency and reading comprehension.

We are lucky because there is one organization that offers a summer program that will encourage every child to develop a deep and lasting love for reading.

Every summer, the Galileo Enrichment Learning Program, Inc. designs innovative and fun modular programs for their students.  They are anchored on the development of their Math and English Programs, and focuses on the application of real-life skills.

One of the summer programs is the World of Words, a literary program designed to increase the love for literary work and the development of reading skills,  When the summer program was launched in 2012, its main focus was to develop oral language through storytelling.  This 2017, World of Words comes back with a language twist--the comprehension of Filipino texts.

In cooperation with Adarna House, Inc., the program entitled Wikang Filipino: Magbasa Tayo! features four books that not only teach reading comprehension skills, but also increase the students' appreciation of the Filipino language and culture.  Each Module for this program will run for 6 days and will feature two books.  Besides engaging with the book through vocabulary building, group activities, and comprehension questions, each book will feature a lesson on the parts of speech.(e.g. Pangngalan, Salitang Naglalarawan, Salitang Kilos at Ang at Ang mga)

The Wikang Filipino program uses the Four-Pronged Approach, which was first developed by Professor Basilisa Manhit.  This framework aims to immerse the child in literature and develop a deep and lasting love for reading.

There are four parts to the Four-Pronged Approach that links to the development of essential reading components.

1. General Love for Reading(GLR)

The goal of this part is to place everyone on the same starting page, considering that each student has unique experience or personality.  The activities will unlock difficulties, such as new concepts or new vocabulary words that would act as hindrances in students' understanding of the text.  It also activates child's prior knowledge by asking questions that relate to a general feeling or experience that is featured in the book to the child's personal experiences.  This develops a purpose for reading, creates familiarity, and motivates the students to be interested in the story.

2. Critical Thinking(CT)

This part aims to develop a habit of reflecting on what is read and exercising decision making, making judgements, and valuing.  After reading the story, the students engage with the story through creative activities which can be done individually or by group.  The activities aim to generate responses from the students that deepens their understanding of the text.  the questions are based on the four levels of comprehension:

  • Literal - answers the questions who, what , where, when; and the answers are written in the text; also called reading the lines.
  • Interpretative - answers the questions what if, why, how; readers infer the meaning by interpreting the text; also called reading between the lines.
  • Applied - where the story is related to an existing knowledge or opinion; readers are challenged to support answer with logic and reason.
  • Affective - where readers try to understand social and emotional aspects; readers connect motive to plot and character development. 
3. Grammar and Oral Language Development (GOLD)

The program does not end in finishing the story, this approach allows the students to understand the importance of grammar and its connection to real-life situations by getting words and sentences from the previously read stories.  they will be given opportunities to practice the newly learned language structures or grammar lesson through various activities like writing, game or creative art project.

4. Transfer Stage(ST)

One of the purposes of education is to create independent readers and learners.  The Transfer Stage aims to develop phonemic awareness, decoding, and encoding skills.  It is meant fro beginning readers where readiness activities are given to the students.  This part highly suggests the Fuller Approach (for English) and Marungko Approach (for Filipino) as a sequence in teaching phonemes.  These approaches sequence the letters in a systematic way and allows the beginning readers to read faster and better.

For the summer of 2017, the Wikang Filipino: Magbasa Kayo Program will only employ the first three prongs -- GLR, CT, and GOLD -- as it relates to the objective of developing reading comprehension strategies and introducing Filipino language structures.

Deep and lasting love for reading can be acquired if the students are guided properly.  Correct approach and introduction on how to develop reading components are key to raise an independent readers and learners.  They will love to read because they understand what they are reading, they can retell what they have read and they increased their vocabulary.

If you are looking for a fun and meaningful activity for your child this summer, why not explore this Wikang Filipino: Magbasa Tayo Program.  Filipino children nowadays are facing a hard time learning Wikang Filipino because we neglect to show them the importance.  We became comfortable in teaching them other language and we forgot that there are two subjects in school that are in Wikang Filipino( Filipino and Sibika).  We must encourage our children to have a balance on learning.  If they excel in Math, English and Science, they should also excel in Filipino and Sibika.

This summer is your chance to start exposing your child to read not only English texts but also Filipino texts.  For more information about schedules, please contact Galileo Pasong Tamo at 0917 304-1704.

Beat the Summer Heat with learning activities!!

Source: Galileo Enrichment Learning Program, Inc.

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