Studies have shown that children who read perform better at school during adolescence.
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To further encourage reading among the students, the University of Baguio Library has partnered with the global book company Scholastic for a reading enrichment program for school year 2018-2019.
The program covers elementary pupils and high school students, particularly those in the grades one to 10 levels.
In the program, the student’s reading level is assessed and monitored throughout the school year. After the initial reading assessment, which is done using Lexile test, the student is matched with fiction and non-fiction books which he/she shall read. The books are in English the language. After which, quizzes are administered to check the student’s comprehension and reading progress. At the end of the school year, a post-Lexile test shall be taken by the student to evaluate his/her reading growth.
Scholastic shall provide the books which shall be placed at a designated area in the University’s respective elementary and high school reading centers. Teachers and librarians will undergo training with Scholastic regarding the implementation of the program. A parents’ orientation shall also be conducted by Scholastic.
The program seeks to strengthen the literacy environment in the University alongside promoting love of reading, which experts say should be cultivated at a young age. In a 2014 research published in the Child Development journal, it was shown that children who enjoy books early in life perform better at school during adolescence. Reading teaches children how to use their imagination, which helps them think abstractly and rationally in the fields of mathematics, science and logic, the research says. Overall, the results suggest that learning to read at an early age has benefits far beyond simple literacy.
Further studies suggest readers develop higher levels of verbal reasoning, stronger analytical thinking skills, and improved focus and concentration. Studies have also shown that reading may help fight Alzheimer’s disease, as it tends to improve memory.