Friday, November 29, 2013

Reading - The Foundation of Knowledge

Kids love to listen to Storytelling before they learn to read. They're too curious, inquisitive as they listen to story told either by their parents, grandparents, and even their teachers while they're in school.

Kagawad Racquel D. Angelitud reading to the pupils
The month of November has been declared by the Department of Education as National Reading Month of every year to stress the importance of reading as the foundation of knowledge.

It is enjoined that every school in the Division of La Carlota must conduct reading session activities storytelling, Read-A-Thon, Drop Everything and Read (DEAR), among others in celebration of the national reading month.

Our school has conducted a storytelling to the pupils of kindergarten, grades one, two and three by different representatives from the pupils’ parent, guardian and local government unit, who volunteered to read stories with respective moral lesson to the pupils. They used the big books for their reading session.

Reading Sessions:

Ms. Carol Jacobo reading to the kinder pupils

PTA representative, Mrs. Carol Jacobo read to the kindergarten pupils of Mrs. Jossie N. Alesondra, the story, “Emang Engkantada at ang Tatlong Haragan” written by Rene Villanueva.

The pupils loved listening to the story told.  They were engrossed as Mrs. Jacobo kept on reading the story from beginning until the end. Kids so interested listening to stories which there is wonder and magical power.

s. Berlee C. Fabila reading to Grade One - Lily pupils

Ms. Berlee May C. Fabila read the story of “Si Aling Oktopoda” written by Virgilio S. Almario to the pupils of Mrs. Lelanie P. Suyo, Grade One – Lily.

Mrs. Glaisa G. Cabuguason reading to Grade One - Rose pupils

Si Langgam at si Tipaklong” , a story written by Virgilio S. Almario was read by a parent, Mrs. Glaisa G. Cabuguason to the Grade One – Rose pupils of Mrs. Nona Palanog.

Children have never lost interest for a story read to them by a parent. They paid attention to the moral lesson emphasized to them by the reader that they should emulate or follow it and practice in their everyday activities.

Mrs. Ronilla Juanica reading to Grade Two - Daisy pupils

Mrs. Ronilla Juanica read the story to grade II – Daisy pupils of Mrs. Ma. Luisa Y. Niere. The story was entitled “The Magic Box” written by .

While PTA president/kagawad, Mrs. Racquel D. Angelitud read to the pupils of Ms. Vivian May Doloso of Grade II – Dahlia. Mrs. Angelitud read the story written by Susan de la Rose Aragon, entitled “Nang Magkakulay ang Nayon.

PTA President Racquel D. Angelitude reading to Grade Three - Chico pupils

Mrs. Angelitud also read to the pupils of Mrs. Herlene B. Bravo, grade III – Chico, the story written by Augie D. Rivera entitled “Ang Alamat ng Ampalaya.”


As a school principal I supervised and monitored the reading activities in our school. I noticed and observed the following favorable situations:

The Pupils:

1. Most of the pupils were engrossed to the reading conducted by every reader.
2. They found the reading selection interesting.
3. The readers emphasized the moral lesson derived from the story they read.
4. A brief recall of the important part in the story was asked by the reader for emphasis.
5. The pupils wanted to have more stories read to them.

The Readers:

The readers had done their best to let the pupils be entertained, be attentive and be moved or prodded to action every moral lesson being derived from the story read for the pupils.

They’re very cooperative. They long to be invited again for the next session of reading activities of the school like story telling.


This reading activity is implemented as per Division memorandum No. 16, s. 2013 so requires the conduct of Division Storytelling/story reading sessions for this month of November 2013.

It is pointed out that the month of November is declared by the DepEd as National Reading Month of every year to stress the importance of reading as the foundation of knowledge.

It says further to ensure effective implementation of this celebration, the following guidelines are issued on reading session activities, and simultaneous reading day or Araw ng Pagbasa and coordination with LGUs and community leaders as volunteer readers or storytellers.


  1. It is good to see they are very cooperative as reading would always result to learning.

  2. I love storytelling. It is a good way to share thoughts, stir up your creative juices in making stories that challenge the imaginations of the kids.

  3. I love storytelling. It is a good way to share thoughts, stir up your creative juices in making stories that challenge the imaginations of the kids.

  4. This is so true and I really subscribe to this. Reading is a very important part of every child's development and I am glad that the Deped has been placing much emphasis on this.

  5. It's really hard to find kids these days who read books. Majority of them opt to just play some nonsense apps in their tablets or smart phones (I just had my first smart phone when I was 21!). It's a challenge to us on how to convince us. Well, I'm 23 already and I grew reading books, and it really helped me in developing my language skills, particularly in grammar and writing as well.

  6. Your article gives the real meaning of education through reading as foundation of knowledge. Really, Filipinos need this for their future endeavors in life.

  7. My son is in grade 1 and I notice that he is having a hard time reading. I thought of hiring a tutor for him to teach him on that area especially now that my husband and I are working. We are trying to teach him but somehow time sometimes is the problem

  8. Reading is really a fast way to learn and it's nice to have kids started early.

  9. i think this is really amazing because this will address the issues of kids who are still not at the right reading level. my friend who is a public school teacher said that some of her grade 3 students are non readers still.

  10. Reading is something that I love doing especially if it's interesting. Good thing that they have this program just for reading and to read stories is something that I would love to do for the pupils in the future. When I did the storytelling months ago, I can see their enthusiasm and curiosity while listening to the story and they would ask sooo many questions about it. I would even do some actions, voice imitations just to entertain them. In the end, they were happy and just like in your observation, they want more stories! Well, I ran out of stories that time. hehe! :D

    I hope all schools implement this one as they can learn more words and it can open their minds and imagination about the story and can even ask an open-ended question for them to think what will happen next in the story. Thanks for this article! :D

  11. I also believe that reading is the key to knowledge. It is best to have kids start reading at an early age.

  12. Just my observation, Kids are more interested in storytelling if they see visuals or props.

  13. Looking back, I can't remember those instances when a teacher or a parent read books to me. It's always like me required to read a book and then ask them if I got my own interpretations right at the end of the day. I wonder how this technique would affect more students' ability to read and understand stories.

  14. I should have started reading at early age, because now my attention to reading is very short span. I try to read much newspaper though.

  15. As a former teacher, I can attest that many of our grade school students specially those from public schools have lower reading comprehension compared to those from private schools. This step taken by DEC will somehow uplift the reading skills of students.

  16. i learned from college that storytelling really is the ebst way to help students practice their speaking, listening and reading skills:) i am very much a fan of this as i love storytelling myself.:) good thing i can apply it as well since it is part of our subject in college