World Book Day 2015

World Book Day

I remember an incident when I was young, my father and an American traveler were exchanging facts about the countries in Asia.  They, particularly had a long discussion about Singapore.  After awhile the American traveler asked my father about other places he has gone to.  My Dad said he has never been to any places outside the Philippines. The foreigner was like “damn, you talked as if you’ve gone to those places!”  Then he answered, “I read them from Reader’s Digest!

Today’s World Book Day, if you haven’t read a book in your life, it’s not too late.  Now is definitely a good start.


What kind of book do you like reading?


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Phonic Reading

“Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body ” – Joseph Addison


Reading is just simply something that you can’t do without.  It is the foundation of all other  learning. It is a fundamental and a pre-requisite to acquiring the rest of the skills in the learning spectrum. It is important for us as parents that our kids are able to read.

As far as I can remember, phonics reading has always been the most effective system used to teach reading.    Teaching kids phonics is like teaching them how to fish.  Once they know the basics, everything else follows.  For a detailed information on phonics, please read Phonics Basics.

Summer, our daughter is now in Reception in Sunshine International School of Songkhla, Thailand.  She is able to identify the sounds of the letters in the alphabet.  She is able to identify the letters, but she gets a bit confused with small letters i, j, and l.  When I saw her read her first book, I was very happy.

Here is Summer reading her first set of books.



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