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Guide for Helping Children Read
The reading ability of a big percentage of our student population in the Philippines continues to be a serious concern.  Statistics that report the number of non-readers in schools as well as the performance of students in the National Achievement Test are quite depressing.  The need for our elementary schools to classify the children as first readers, second readers and third readers or as children with difficulties in reading, word readers and phrase readers is an indication that there is a problem.

The Ateneo de Manila University students enrolled in the Loyola Schools National Service Training Program (NSTP) under the Office for Social Concern and Involvement (OSCI) have taken up the challenge to improve the reading abilities of the students in the public schools and communities we work with.  Through this program, our college students have been tutoring children with difficulties in reading for quite sometime now.

As we reviewed the program, we realized two things:

1.
the basic materials used in public schools take for granted some pre-school reading experience (from a formal pre-school or from home) on the part of the student
2.
teaching reading is a very specific skill but our college students enrolled  in the NSTP have not had the appropriate preparation or training for this responsibility


It is this review that prompted the preparation of this instructional material,
A Guide for Helping Children Read.

This project is a joint undertaking between the Ateneo de Manila University, through the Loyola Schools Office of Social Concern and Involvement and the Ateneo Center for Educational Development, and the Miriam College which has a wealth of experience in teaching reading to every young children through the Child Study Center.

It is our hope that this effort can help strengthen the reading abilities of the children that our students encounter in our various tutorial programs, especially those children who have no pre-school reading experience.






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