"Reading Buddies" Are a Big Hit!
Posted 09/21/2016 12:24PM
It was a beautiful day to read outside! Last Friday, the entire kindergarten class met their fifth grade "Reading Buddy" and enjoyed some time outside. Mrs. Evans, Mrs Hansen's, and Mrs McCue's kindergarten classes meet with Mrs Broege's fifth grade class every other Friday afternoon. Each fifth grade student is assigned to a kindergarten student as their reading buddy for the semester. During the second semester, Mrs. Howe's fifth grade class will get their turn.
"Our purpose for Reading Buddies" says Mrs. Hansen, " is to have some cross-grade interaction and the opportunity to build relationships. Fifth graders benefit from having special responsibilities such as setting a good example to the kindergarteners. It also instills the love of reading among the all of the students."
The 5th graders read to their buddy for about 20 minutes. The kindergarten students love this time and the 5th graders enjoy the wonderful opportunity to be a teacher and leader. Later in the year the 5th grade students will be organizing a game for the kindergarten class, and there are also plans for a Christmas craft.
Students at the Severn Lower School also look forward to their Reading Buddies. The fourth grade class reads to kindergarten students and the fifth grade class reads to the first graders. "Everyone loves it" says Karl Graustein, Lower School Principal.
Our purpose for Reading Buddies is to to have some cross-grade interaction/relationships which gives the fifth graders the special responsibility of setting a good example to the kindergarteners. It also instills the love of reading among the kids.