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Outdoor Book Buddies in 4th and 1st Class

3rd Apr 2022

The girls in 4th and 1st classes met up outside today to further engage in the Book Buddies program. It was a beautiful day, and there is no better place than the school garden. 

It was a wonderful experience, and the girls got some fantastic reading done. 

Book Buddies will continue throughout the year, and will involve all aspects of the English curriculum; Reading, writing, and Oral Language.

There are so many benefits to Book Buddies:

For younger children:

  • hearing stories read-aloud (modeling of reading fluency, phrasing and expression)
  • having conversations with an older student about topics that interest and involve them (extending their vocabulary, oral language abilities)
  • having regular opportunities to practice familiar reading with 1:1 assistance
  • enjoying fun, positive experiences with ‘big kid’ who is now a recognizable face in the school community

For older children: 

  • further developing their own literacy skills
  • fostering leadership and problem-solving skills
  • improved self-confidence that comes from being looked-up to
  • a very real and important reason to be responsible, and an opportunity to be ‘caught’ (and praised) for positive behaviour.

(References from "ThatReadingTeacher", 2021)