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#TMCReview: Teach Your Child How to Read with the Help of The Reading Station

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One of the skills every child must develop is reading. I never pressured my kids to learn how to read since they will be taught how to do so in school anyway. In fact, their preschool is teaching CVC word combination in the pre-Kinder level, so I know they will be able to read in no time. At the same time, reading a bedtime story has been part of our bedtime routine and through that, my daughters were able to identify and remember words. 

It was during our search for big school when we found out that schools these days “require” kids to read already. Pressure crept in my system, so I decided to supplement teachings at home and taught my eldest to read. Unfortunately, we always ended up with just two words, three if I’m lucky, so it’s time for plan B. I was in the lookout of a reading school near our area and the mom of my daughter’s classmate recommended The Reading Station. Brief Background of The Reading Station 

Also known as TRS, Teacher Ging Ariola started The Reading Station in 2001 as a specialized center that focuses on early reading literacy. It follows a Phono-Graphics Reading Program (PGRP) that emphasizes on blending, decoding, enconding, and segmenting letters to formulate words. The PGRP is divided into 12 levels, with each level designed and guaranteed to fast-track a child’s literacy and comprehension abilities. It also focuses on spelling, vocabulary build-up, language skills, and sentence construction.  

TRS – Northridge Plaza

Our Experience at TRS 

My eldest daughter started in TRS in late November 2016 and was placed in Level 2. She was able to write and identify letters, and knows the sounds of the letters in the alphabet but had a hard time spelling and recognizing the middle sound. After the assessment, we were advised to take the full 36 hours to catch up since she was turning five at that time and can barely read. 

TRS – Northridge
Photo grabbed from TRS FB Page

I’m not sure how the Phono-Graphics Reading Program work, but whatever it is, the program is working. Before December ends, my daughter was already able to read three-letter words with ease. By January, just in time for her assessment in the big school, she can read three- and four-letter words on her own. Sometimes, I combine several letters to form words that don’t make sense and she can still read it easily plus a quizzical look on her face. The surprising part is that she can also spell simple words simply by saying it out loud, although she still asks me if she spelled it right. 

My husband was also surprised with our daughter’s progress. Whenever we go out, she would read words written in buildings and billboards, and yes, she was able to read them right. She can also read simple instructions in her workbooks and even teaches her younger sister what to do. What we are most impressed with is the improvement in her comprehension skills. During story time, I always ask her certain questions from the story to test if she understood it and she was able to answer me correctly. 

All of these improvements before she finished the required 36 hours. 

To validate her improvement, even my daughter’s teacher told me the changes she saw, at least in terms of reading. From being a non-reader at the beginning of the school year, my daughter leveled up to being a reader and at times, even reading a story for her classmates. 

You might ask about the teachers and how they handle the kids. Don’t worry. They are the nicest people you will ever meet. From the moment the kids enter TRS until they leave, teachers greet the students with enthusiasm. They are also passionate and dedicated, which explains why students not just learn but also love them. 

Fees

Subject to change without prior notice

The Reading Fee will depend after the Assessment. Some students don’t need to take the entire 36 hours; hence fees will be adjusted accordingly. In case you decide to continue with the program after 36 hours or initial enrollment, you will only have to pay P5,000.00 for 12 hours. 

The Verdict 

TRS is highly recommended! If you are looking for a specialized reading school to help your child learn not just to read and spell but also improve reading comprehension, The Reading Station can be of great help. 

Don’t be intimidated with the Reading Fee. I swear that every penny is worth it, especially after seeing the improvement. I also recommended TRS with the other parents in Gymboree and they, too, are happy with the progress they saw in their kids. 

As of this writing, my daughter is still enrolled in TRS and recently moved up to Level 3. My husband and I decided to continue with the program because we’ve seen the progress in our daughter’s reading abilities and comprehension. Of course, she’s not yet the best reader and there is still so much to learn at this point, but we’re glad that TRS is there to help us in this journey. 

Photo grabbed from TRS Facebook Page

Know more about The Reading Station by visiting their website and Facebook page. At present, TRS has SIX branches – Sct. Delgado and Northridge Plaza in Quezon City, Funranch in Pasig, Nuvali in Laguna, and Abad Santos and Binondo in Manila.

Ayi

A former law student turned stay-at-home mom of two. Join me and read my adventures as I go through this crazy world called parenting and mommy-hood.

10 Comments

  1. Michi (@michisolee)

    When my son was in preschool, they also start with cvc words and he can read it well. But when we transferred him to traditional school when he was in Kinder Level, nahirapan kami mag-adjust nung umpisa kasi hindi sentences lang dun sa school, they are reading story na. The teacher advised me, na hindi lang basta nakakaread ang bata dapat naintindihan. So ang dami ko naprint na worksheets about reading comprehension para mapractice, good thing it works. Ang mahal pala ng fee if ipapasok ko but good to know na worth it naman fee sa inyo.

    04 . Jul . 2017
    • Ayi

      I tried to teach my daughter, pero hopeless. Ayaw niya talaga makinig sakin, that’s why I looked for a specialized reading center. The fee is a bit heavy on the pocket, but yes, it was worth it since my daughter improved a lot 🙂

      05 . Jul . 2017
  2. Nerisa

    There are a lot of pop-up schools (learning center) that aids us moms nowadays no? dati, it would just be the school and if you have extra money, a tutor can come in handy. now, there are learning centers to help us too. 🙂

    05 . Jul . 2017
    • Ayi

      I agree. Many centers are specialized, so talagang nakatutok lang on a specific subject.

      05 . Jul . 2017
  3. nilyncartagena

    My son is starting to familiarize words now and we’re quite impressed na marami raming words na syang nababasa at 3. Maybe the book set called Talking English that I bought for him helped. I didn’t know big schools require kids to know how to read now. Kahit ako mapepressure din talaga, lol!

    05 . Jul . 2017
    • Ayi

      Nagulat nga ako mommy. Sabi ko nga they should be the one teaching the kids how to read.

      05 . Jul . 2017
  4. EINz

    Do they accept older kids, like 9yr.old for sentence construction or essay writing? The nearest from us was the Nuvali branch! But as much as I wanted to enroll my kids here, I know my son will complain about him being fully loaded already (he’s a varsity player) and would demand rest from studying! 😓

    We already stopped from Kumon and was frustrated that he won’t listen to me when I am the one who will teach him, and cannot follow regularly our study time sked.

    Haisst…

    06 . Jul . 2017
    • Ayi

      I think they had essay writing class last summer 🙂 I’m not sure lang if they have it now, but yes, they also accept older kids there 🙂

      06 . Jul . 2017
  5. momi berlin

    Ow, never thought schools would require their students na how to read. I remember it was sa school where my boys learned how to read. Though we teach them at home plus we read stories, I did not pressure them as well. So many changes in a ten year gap. My two boys are in high school already.

    06 . Jul . 2017
    • Ayi

      Nakakagulat nga eh. My daughter told me all of them in class knows how to read na daw. Grabe noh? Too much pressure on kids.

      06 . Jul . 2017

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