Reading, Writing, Filipino workshops from The Learning Library


Reading and Filipino are fun with our friends from THE LEARNING LIBRARY this summer!

Reading is the most fundamental skill and the foundation of all learning. And yes, it’s fun! But what if your child doesn’t agree? What if she feels reading is simply boring?

On the other hand, reading can be enjoyable for most kids as long as it’s in English. But reading in Filipino? Some students can’t even speak the language, much less read it. (Imagine being asked to read Chinese when you can’t even understand someone speaking it!)

It’s for parents of these struggling kids that THE LEARNING LIBRARY came to be. Owned and run by teachers who love to read, THE LEARNING LIBRARY is a one-of-a-kind center whose mission is to develop the love of reading in children. Its READING ADVANTAGE program takes students all the way from letters and sounds to high school-level writing skills, and lets them borrow from a library of over 4,000 of the best children’s books!

“Our mission is to develop not just the skill, but the love of reading. A child who reads more, reads well and learns better,” says Vanessa Bicomong, co-founder of The Learning Library. “The Reading Coaches at our 8 branches are chosen not just for teaching skills, but their actual love of reading. They are highly trained to be able to assess each child’s particular needs and tailor-fit the reading program accordingly. Like everyone who is part of The Learning Library, they believe that reading is the key to a child’s success in school and beyond.”

READING ADVANTAGE summer workshops include:

  • Reading Safari (ages 3-5)
    A fun workshop for children getting ready to read: teaches letter sounds plus word reading strategies, and develops the love of reading
  • Beginning Reading (ages 4-6)
    A workshop that provides the scaffolded learning approach for children just beginning to read, paired with engaging stories to make them effective readers
  • Big School Boost (incoming first graders)
    This is an enjoyable workshop for children preparing to enter big school. It will feature an introduction to elementary Reading, Filipino and Mathematics.
  • Speak Up, Write Now! (ages 8 & up)
    A one-of-a-kind writing and public speaking workshop that builds good composition and effective oral presentation skills
  • Comprehension and Writing Enrichment (ages 7 & up)
    Aims to develop the love for reading, as well as comprehension strategies critical to school success. Using good literature as model text, we also teach the fundamentals of good writing: grammar, vocabulary, sentency fluency, thought organization
  • From Gods to Gaming: Mythology in the Modern Age (ages 9 & up)
    Analyzes world mythology’s grand themes such as war and love and how they are referenced in modern-day music, film, and culture — while developing critical and creative reading skills
  • Hear Me, Read Me: Blog and Feature Writing (ages 9 & up)
    Whether online or offline, good writing is critical to success. This workshop teaches the fundamentals of good writing and how to find topics that would interest an audience.

What THE LEARNING LIBRARY is most known for is its highly successful WIKA’y GALING! program. WIKA’y GALING! offers a complete leveled program for students who did not grow up with Filipino as their primary language. WIKA’y GALING! summer workshops include:

  • Beginning Filipino (ages 3-5)
    This workshop builds vocabulary and listening comprehension through story read-alouds and interactive activities. Guaranteed to make learning Filipino fun!
  • Talas-Salitaan (ages 5-10)
    Maging matalas sa salitaan! Talas is a basic Filipino vocabulary builder for children with little or no exposure to Tagalog.
  • Filipino Communication Skills (ages 8 & up)
    Where there is genuine appreciation of culture, language learning becomes easier. This interactive class develops oral language and comprehension while deepening awareness of Filipino culture.
  • Speak Up, Write Now! In FILIPINO (ages 8 & up)
    A writing and public speaking workshop that develops good composition skills and confidence in speaking in Filipino
  • Kuwentong Filipino at Balarila: Comprehension and Writing Enrichment in Filipino (ages 7 & up)
    Uses storybooks to help students acquire Filipino comprehension skills quickly and confidently, with grammar exercises that align with school curricula
  • Tuklas Kultura: Experiencing Filipino Culture (ages 11 & up)
    A writing workshop that ignites enthusiasm for what we take pride in as a nation: exposure to Pinoy visual, performing, culinary, and literary arts are jump-off points for the students’ written creations

The Learning Library will have two runs for all these workshops—Batch 1: April 4-29, Batch 2: May 2-30. Join them for a fun and exciting summer!

The Learning Library has 8 branches located in Quezon City (Loyola Heights, Greenmeadows, West Avenue & New Manila), San Juan, Marikina, Alabang, and Makati. For exact locations and more information, call 294-8081 or 0917-828-2669 or e-mail inquiry[at] Learn more at

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