BANTAENG, SULAWESI SELATAN – At SDN 07 Letta Bantaeng, after implementing a reading program using leveled reading books, second grade students taught by Idayani, on their own initiative, produced their own small books. One of these student's books is entitled "A Week With Grandad," which is the same title as one of the leveled reading books, but the content is based on the student's own experience. "This reading book has made all the students confident and enthusiastic about writing their own stories," said Idayani.
In Pangkep, Hasni Hassan, a teacher at SDN 1 Kassi in Balocci Subdistrict, was creative when asking the students to play the role of teacher to guide their friends to read together using big books. "This practice increases the confidence of students and they have the courage to stand in front of the class and ask questions. They all put up her hands, wanting to be chosen to come forward," said Hasni.
In Makassar, Akbar, a third grade teacher at SD Inpres Tamalanrea 4, uses leveled reading books to teach students with special needs who have trouble with reading. "Although they find reading difficult, these books make them join in reading activities enthusiastically," he said. Meanwhile Eny, a teacher at MI Al Abrar in Makassar, uses the books to involve students in helping their friends who are not yet able to read fluently. (Ajb)