Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Teacher Reviews the Start Right Reading Series for Kindergarten Learners

Mary Rose Lagunsad has this to say about the STart Right Reading Series (STARS) Kindergarten Learners (Lampara Books, 2014):
Having bought a copy of the STart Right Reading Series several months after seeing the set on display and meeting its author & illustrator at the Philippine International Literary Festival (August 2015) brought so much joy to me. The long wait was worth it. I started using the series in February of this year with my former Kinder pupils who are now in Grade 1. 
The stories are very simple yet so rich in experiences and situations on which the children could very well relate to. But I had to translate them in Tagalog as I'm handling Public School Kindergarten children. 
Yet, later in the school year, when some pupils have already mastered a few Basic Sight Words, I expounded on how they were used after the pupils recognized them on the pages. They also loved the illustrations and insisted on showing these up close to each one of them as the books were quite small to present in a big class.
The Parent and Teacher Guide which comes with the Learning Package is a very useful reference to help develop, reinforce and enrich their basic skills from fine motor, hand-eye coordination, readiness in counting, writing, reading and language.
A portion for Beginning Reading in Filipino and Basic Sight Words Activities for each story is highly recommended to engage the children more in reading; help them gain mastery of their first language.
Hats off to the author, Zarah Gagatiga and to the illustrator, Bernadette Solina-Wolf.
Mary Rose is one of the NCR Coordinators of Pinoy Reading Buddies (PRB). They have upcoming workshops in Palawan, Iloilo, Bukidnon, Cavite, Batangas & Kalookan City. They encourage teachers, schools and communities to be partners in building a nation of engaged Filipino readers. They are also invited to attend these workshops for them to adopt a reading program. PRB friends donors abroad help send boxes of books to these schools.
Mary Rose is the Kindergarten Dept. Chairman of Bitik Elementary School in Valenzuela City South District.

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