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SJES strengthens literacy through Reading Corners

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy

Reading is the foundation of all learning and knowledge. Whatever we want to learn, we need to be able to read. This is the reason why libraries and reading corners are very essential in developing and improving the literacy skills of millennial learners. But because of the huge impact of technology nowadays, children became more reliant and dependent in the internet in searching and doing their home works and projects. Of course, it would be a whole lot easier to search in the web because it only requires one click to get the information you want, thus, children tend to become languid to open and to browse their books or even to go to the library thus, increasing the number of frustrated readers every year.

In order to address this, San Juan Elementary School through the leadership of their dynamic school head, Mr. Lloyd T. Tulaylay, intensified the functionality and sustainability of its reading corners by making it part of its Project SALAMATS (Service Awards to Leverage Achievements and Meritorious Accomplishments of Teachers and Staff) wherein the grade level with the Most Creative and Functional Reading Corner will receive an award.

This motivated teachers and parents to turn their corners in a more usable learning area. As a result, this will strengthen and bring back the love of children in reading books which will help in addressing literacy gaps among learners.

Last November 12, 2019, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at San Juan Elementary School, to officially announce the opening of the reading corners. Present in the event were the Division Learning Resource Team headed by their Education Program Supervisor, Dr. Jonas Feliciano Domingo, Mrs. Vilma T. Padila, Mr Mike Rull, teachers, learners and stakeholders. The program was initiated by grade six teachers through the leadership of their Master Teacher, Ms. Esterlina G. Seguan. Mr. Tulaylay and Mr. Domingo gave a short inspirational message followed by a readers’ theatre of selected grade six pupils. The highlight of the program was the story telling led by Mrs. Cel Pagaduan and Mrs. Marissa Ferraer, grade six parents, to encourage not just children to read but also parents to extend the love for books even at home.

What deemed to be an impossible task became possible through the collaborative efforts of Mr. Tulaylay, SJES teachers, learners and stakeholders. Pupils from Kinder to Grade Six can now enjoy their own mini-library through these reading corners that can be found in their own grade level area. Each corner has its own schedule to encourage everyone to read so whenever they feel like reading, all they have to do is to get a book, sit in a corner, and let their imaginations fly.

At present, the school LR Team are tasked to monitor the sustainability of these reading corners to make sure that the hard work that everybody exerted in making this project will not go into waste and that these reading corners is properly utilized PARA SA BATA and PARA SA BAYAN.

Article written by

Ma. Christina O. Brisuela - Teacher II (SJES)

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