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Friday, November 28, 2014

Listening Is Reading in Disguise

by Gil Camporazo

As the pupils listen to the stories read to them, their desire and love to read develops. And this could be possible. This had happened in the school children of Balabag Elementary School in La Carlota City Division in their recent reading activity. Not only the pupils enjoyed reading, but the storytellers did too in the said reading day.

Storyteller Ernalyn C. Aguinda
Storyteller Ernalyn C. Aguinda
Every November, the Department of Education (DepEd) has observed as the National Reading Month to support the Ten-Point Agenda of the Aquino Administration and to commemorate the birth anniversary of the late Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. who was born on November 27, 1932, and to celebrate his ardent desire for reading, according to the Regional Memorandum No. 167, s. 2014 disseminated by John Arrnold S. Siena, Director III, Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Regional 6 Director.

In compliance, the Balabag Elementary School, Division of La Carlota City conducted a reading session for its pupils during their recess period, though, it was late on the scheduled day, November 27 due to the heavy rains brought by a Tropical Depression "Queenie" which affected the Southern part of Visayas.

On this bad weather condition, the local executive issued an advisory and a warning which all school heads of elementary schools are advised to send home their kinder and elementary pupils in the morning of that day.

Storyteller Rizzamay Medes
Storyteller Rizzamay Medes

Storyteller Irene Tumbay
Storyteller Irene Tumbay

Nov. 28 - Reading Day

Therefore, the synchronized national reading day, November 27 in commemoration of the 82nd birthday of the late Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. wasn't observed. Instead the school of Balabag Elementary School held it on the following day, November 28 in the morning.

As early as 8 O'clock in the morning, the five local volunteer storytellers after they're instructed took their turn in reading various children's stories to grades one to four until all pupils had their chance to hear stories of inspiration,  moral booster, and character building.

Storyteller Jerannie Bibaoco
Storyteller Jerannie Bibaoco

Storyteller Sunny Boy Magsipoc
Storyteller Sunny Boy Magsipoc

Happy, Excited Storytellers

The invited storytellers were all alumni of the school. They're Miss. Rizzamay P. Medes who read “Pinnochio”, Miss Ernalyn C. Aguinda, “Jack and the Beanstalk”, Miss Jerannie P. Bibaoco, “Little Mermaid”, Mr. Sunny Boy B. Magsipoc, “Lampayatot” English – Filipino Version, and Miss Irene A. Tumbay, “Ang Matulunging Taksi” English-Filipino Version.

The pupils really enjoyed the activity for it their first hand  experience to listen to other people aside from their teachers who usually did telling them of the story.

Both the pupils and the storytellers themselves did enjoy. Their facial expression, their countenance so manifested it. There's an utter fulfillment of being a reader to the school children. For some of them were an Education students and graduates, storytelling is an experience they've loved best while in college or still studying. In this momentous day of reading, they've practically applied it and appreciated how the pupils favorably reacted to them while they're reading to them a selected stories. That kind of experience could make them feel satisfied when they're already teaching in the field.

The storytellers and story book donors
The storytellers and story book donors

Turning Over of Books

After the storytelling session with the pupils, a ceremonial turnover of the story books followed. Mr. Gibor I. Camporazo, Principal of Balabag Elementary School gladly accepted the story books fro the pupils from the storytellers.

"This reading activity though simple it may seem, will surely instill in the minds of our pupils its essence as pointed out by this year's them: “Nasa Pagbasa ang Pag–asa,” the school principal expressed gratefully.

This will further promote the DepEd's, Every Child A Reader Program (ECARP) in making every Filipino child a competent reader and writer.

Simple turning over rite of donated  story books
Simple turning over rite of donated  story books

5 comments:

  1. It's good to know that there are still kids who are willing to read books than to play with their gadgets. :D I miss those days when we had our reading day when I was still in grade school. :D

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    1. That's a good observation. You're absolutely correct for kids nowadays would rather prefer to play with computer games than reading informative, educative books for that matter.

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  2. Reading can really be more entertaining way to learn. Kids would be able to grab the stories and it would also be more interactive.

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  3. PNoy gave this memo about commemorating the life and the heroic deed of his father together with the celebration of the reading month.
    Hope all the kids will enjoy reading more!

    http://hazelasoy.blogspot.com/

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  4. This is such a nice activity for young students. I can still remember back when I was in grade 1, my classmates and I were very much excited the first time we stepped foot in a library. I hope more kids today will learn that reading (or even listening to reading sessions) is not just informative but also entertaining. And passing time is not always about computer games and tv shows.

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