Bawat Bata Bumabasa – Alapan 1 Elementary School
After class, Aljen Rajon A. De Vera of Grade 3 Loyalty would grab a book and read it for 20 minutes with the guidance of his class adviser at Alapan I Elementary School (A1ES).
The class adviser would facilitate activities involving picture-word association, leveling books, skimming and scanning, 200 most frequently used English words in Philippine textbooks, or any reading leveled storybooks. De Vera is one of the students undergoing the Project BaBIBu or Bawat Bidang Imuseño Bumabasa as A1ES responds to the call of Schools Division of Imus City in its advocacy to provide intervention for “struggling readers in English.” The reading program which started in September last year aims to strengthen comprehension, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, and fluency among learners.
BaBIbu, formally launched January 17 at Imus Pilot Elementary School PTA Hall, is SDO Imus City’s version of the Department of Education’s Bawat Bata Bumabasa (3Bs) with the goal of eliminating non-readers.
Peer teaching (READING PAL)
Perhaps the most pressing challenges the school faces are that of ensuring that all learners become competent readers. Learners who experienced problems in reading quickly fall behind their more skilled classmates in their ability to decode and comprehend text.
Since reading is one of the priority improvement areas in the Scool Improvement Plan Alapan I Elementary School adapts the practice of peer teaching or having a reading pal. The pairing of the higher and lower-achieving learners is useful in developing fluency in reading. One can act as a tutor and the other is a tutee. Both of them can learn together and build social skills as well. They do these before the class starts or during their reading time while utilizing the adorable reading corners put up by the teachers. By including traditional instruction strategies along with peer teaching, teachers can promote accessible and successful learning for all.