By: Melanie E. Gonzaga, Teacher III
Liliw Sub Office, SDO Laguna
Liliw Central ES
This November, National Reading Month will include more than just customary events.
Because the Department of Education has planned a number of strategies for the kids—measures that appear straightforward but play a significant role in the students’ learning—to ensure that this celebration is meaningful.
First, is what the Department of Education calls a “Share-a-book drive.” The objective of this effort is to place a box that will serve as a container for the books gathered from the donation in every school, including the department headquarters. It is required that books with stories or stories in them be gathered in these boxes.
This will provide kids the chance to read a variety of stories, whether they are in English or Filipino. Additionally, the variety of the information they will be given will help them improve their reading abilities.
The “Reading Pantry” comes next. Each school in this work is given a spot that is simple for pupils to go to. There must to be a variety of literature there for the students to pick from. They will be able to choose their reading material freely as a result of this.
Additionally, it’s here that kids could find out whether they have a particular interest in a particular subject or genre of reading.
Book Talk is located right next to the “Reading Pantry.” The book talk will encourage the students to share what they have learnt in class after reading in the reading pantry to see if they have drawn any conclusions from the reading. In the end, this is an excellent application because the student will have the ability to discuss or talk in front of others in addition to being able to track his development.
The goal of the “Classroom level Read-a-thon” is similar to that of the book chat, another DepEd-scheduled program. Because a volunteer student will be asked to read a narrative and interpret it for this project. They gain more confidence as a result of learning.
Apart from the student and teacher work, it is interesting that the department has also come up with a creative way to give stakeholders an opportunity to join their cause. This is through the ‘Reading Ambassador’ where stakeholders will be invited to read to the students while they share their love for reading.
Lastly in this range of significant initiatives is the Reading Challenge Day, which centers on reading together by students, teachers, and school officials. It will serve as an invitation for everyone to do things happily, especially with a companion or sympathizer.
The aforementioned activities are undeniably significant and meaningful. It is true that more than the celebration, the department has a specific plan to enrich the knowledge of the students. In the end, even after the national reading month, the department hopes that the impact of this creatively planned initiative will continue.