Have fun learning Filipino at your own pace in your own time through a Ladderized Reading Program in Mini Wikahon B by Adarna House.
Prove that studying Filipino can have a sense of fun and adventure with just a simple lifting of the box flaps. Wikahon is the passion project of Adarna House, one of the leading publishers of Picture & Chapter books, Graphic Literature, plus other fiction and non-fiction literature for preschool, grade school, and high school. Each of their published work is carefully illustrated and narrated, and this same attention to detail is seen in Wikahon.
When did Wikahon Come Out?
Wikahon A was launched in 2012 after 4 years of intense research and development. On the other hand, Wikahon B came out just 12 months after. Quite admirably, Adarna House was able to create a type of assessment called UP-AH FiTRI (University of the Philippines- Adarna House Filipino Text Readability Index), the very first of its kind to measure the readability of a certain text in Filipino!
What exactly is Wikahon?
Wikahon is a Ladderized (Leveled) Reading Program in Filipino. In other words, each story is analyzed on the number of its syllables, words, sentences, and paragraphs. Ten selections that revolve around Science, Araling Panlipunan (Civics), Culture, and Panitikan or Literature make up a whole category. In the case of Wikahon B, all 8 categories, classified from the easiest to the most difficult, are named after a tree or punong-kahoy in the vernacular.
Moreover, Wikahon comes in three types. For instance, Wikahon Pre-K is geared towards beginning readers in Filipino, while Wikahon A is made for developing learners. However, Wikahon B is conceptualized with more advanced readers in mind.
Wikahon is also presented in two ways: the Regular Wikahon which is ideal for schools and the Mini Wikahon which is great for home use.
In essence, Wikahon is not based on a student’s grade level in school but rather on his verbal and written skills in the Filipino language as revealed by the Wikahon Assessment Test and subsequent performance in the leveled reading program.
What is inside the magic box?
Wikahon comes with a TALAAN NG SAGOT (ANSWER BOOK), GABAY PARA SA GURO (TEACHER’S GUIDE/EDUCATOR’S MANUAL), ANSWER KEYS, and 80 READERS (each card with a text and corresponding exercises) divided into 8 categories.
It’s interesting to note that the Teacher’s Guide holds other invaluable information regarding the proper use of Wikahon to help a child maximize learning and achieve mastery of the Filipino language. For instance, three additional tests with answer keys are also found inside the manual. They are to be given to the child to further his or her progress in the reading program.
What are the selections all about?
In Wikahon B, categories are color-coded and are named after trees or punong-kahoy. They are Apitong, Bitaog, Ipil, Kamagong, Mulawin, Naga, Toog, and Yakal. Similarly, each category follows a word count guide in its selections.
For instance, the easiest category namely APITONG has a range of words between 230 and 240 while the most difficult, YAKAL, has about 300 to 310 words.
In addition, each reader has exercises in Talasalitaan (Vocabulary), Comprehension Questions, and Essay.
How should Wikahon be used?
Encourage your child to follow these steps to maximize the learning of Filipino on his or her own.
Adarna House even made an accompanying instructional video to help teachers and parents figure out how to use Wikahon correctly.
Why I Bought Wikahon
I have been obsessed with Wikahon for years, but I find its almost 15,000 to 17,000 peso price range too expensive. It turns out that the regular Wikahon is pricier because it has multiple copies of readers and answer keys to accommodate more students in a classroom setup.
What I Think
|What I Like|
|1. The “stories in a box concept” is uniquely fascinating. |
2. The layout and presentation of the story, vocabulary, and comprehension questions plus essays are familiar and attractive enough to spark the interest of potentially uncooperative readers.
2. My son who is a self-proclaimed “non-reader” has found himself digging into the magic Wikahon box every day. He has also started reading the day’s assigned selection on his own.
3. Selections are well-written and revolve around topics indigenous to the Philippines such as our unique celebrations, flora & fauna, and ethnicity.
|What I Don’t Like|
|1. Some readers slightly stick together, and when I try to separate one fold from the other, the typeset is somehow affected.|
Will I Recommend Wikahon for You?
That will be a resounding YES. 🙂
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