A Private Tutor to two pre-schoolers.
A Pre- service Speducator.
Teaching Exceptional Children.
Lover of Music.
ORA ET LABORA!
Helping children enjoy and love reading is one of the most important roles of a teacher. A lot of literature would tell us that when a child reads, a number of skills are developed and pleasure is felt through such enriching experiences with the words. Unfortunately, there are children who have poor reading skills. They disliked reading because it a struggle for them and so they avoid it whenever possible. Such alarming fact boils down to the teacher’s disposition. So, it’s important to ask teachers the question, Is teaching reading a real troublesome for teachers? For some, their answers can be a Yes but to some, it might be a No. In this article, you’ll find out the responses of teachers who were successful in implementing reading program and activities inside and outside their classrooms.
One elementary teacher shared that children learn reading skills in school so she makes sure that her students won’t lose their curiosity, desire and interest. “Reading aloud to young children would be the most effective way to entice children to read.” Ms. Malana added. Another elementary teacher shared that the simple act of having books and other reading materials around her classroom would help children view reading as part of their daily life.
I also came across the testimony of the grade school librarian at St. Scholastica’s College, Manila saying that in their institution, children are encouraged to bring home books from the library for pleasure and for their studies. She also mentioned that there are a number of grade-schoolers who would usually stay at the library instead playing around the classroom. Her role is to assist those children and make the wide variety of literature available to them.
As a teacher, it is important to figure out the reasons of your student from not wanting and liking to read a book. From there, it would help a teacher to decide some instructional plans appropriate for the learners. Moreover, it is the obligation of a teacher to scout for things her students might like to read. Their hobbies and interests must be the teacher’s starting point.
Ms. Santos, the grade 2 coordinator advised that children must be encouraged to use their spare time for reading. Some of their subjects require children to read books in the children’s section. Playing games that are reading-related could also be incorporated in some activities done in the classrooms. Unconsciously, the child is enabled to read the directions from the games they play. From a short conversation I had with Santos, I came to realize how valuable learning materials provided inside the classroom of young children.
Another insight I’ve heard from Ms. Santos is extending a child’s positive reading experiences through following it up to a concrete visit or encounter with the environment. For example, a class enjoyed a story about Animals. From there, a teacher can follow up a visit to Mendez Farm.
From a point of view of a former student who experienced the reading program at SSC, “reading is at first a very difficult task. It was only when I was able to witness our own production performed on stage that I was able to fully understand the essence and message of the whole story of Midnight Summer’s Dream”, Emfel Miranda stated. She even added that in their course of throwing lines for the play, it was still very hard for her to internalize her character. For her, the language of Shakespeare made the task very difficult for her. Despite the efforts of their instructors enabling them to comprehend the text they’re using for the play, Miranda couldn’t grasp the message of the story.
In conclusion, there are various ways and reading practices that can be done inside and outside the classroom. It is now the role of teachers to implement and evaluate their reading routines that exist within their parameters. There are various opportunities where children can be enticed to read and grab a book. It is now the time of finding some other ways to capture children’s interest in reading literature. Teaching reading can be a troublesome at times but when there’s enthusiasm and love for learning, everything can be made possible.
What are the steps you can follow to make this Christmas Season a different one?
1.) Find Yourself
These are just some of the questions which you can reflect on this Christmas…
What would really make you happy?
Is it just the gifts you have received from people?
Are you distant or close to your loved ones?
What is that one thing that hinders you from having a happy family?
What is that greatest fear you have as of now?
How would you overcome such fear?
Are you ready to forgive that person who hurt you deeply?
Are you ready to accept the things that are beyond your expectations?
Who are those people whom you should be thankful for?
How would you express your love, care and gratitude to them?
How can you be Yourself?
How can you release those inhibitions, pretense and anger that makes up your weary heart?
2.) Accept Yourself
Nobody else knows yourself better than you do. Acceptance would be your primary key to an eternal happiness. Be yourself and the world will open its wonderful revelations. Accepting yourself would be the most life changing experience you’ll ever have. Say Goodbye now to your insecurities and low self-esteem. Open yourself to God’s blessing and miracles. Embrace your authentic self and the world will accept you.
3.) Share Yourself
Being of service to others this Christmas season would be the greatest gift one could ever receive. Let others feel your presence. Open yourself to opportunities that would enable you to enter others’ life. Be Generous. Don’t expect something in return. Treat life as an offering and blessing to other people. Life, in return, would open greater opportunities for you to grow and develop virtue.
Let these 3 Steps change You. Let this finding, accepting and sharing of thyself help transform your Christmas celebration. Be your Better Self on Christmas day.
A Holly Jolly Christmas! <3