Students from 2nd and 3rd are matched with 4th and 5th grade reading buddies. I am facilitating this morning reading buddies program. These students are eager to help and eager to work with these "big" buddies. The 2nd and 3rd grade students are working to improve their reading fluency through echo reading, and rereading "old friend" books with their big buddies. Big buddies and getting confidence, leadership skills, and language practice. They read for 20 minutes four days a week in the media center first thing in the morning!
"Given time, access, choice, and community, more children will become readers." This is what Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp said in their book, Game Changer.
I also believe our morning reading program will help to allow students all of these items.
"Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them." Neil Gaiman. Students who take part in the Reading Buddy morning program will read books, talk with buddies, and listen to great examples of reading, but one other thing we want to make sure is that these students get books to take with them, that they can look forward to reading and keeping. This project will allow students to choose a book of their choice to take with them after 5 sessions with their reading buddy.
"Children who own books are more likely to take personal ownership of their reading lives." (Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp)
We believe that giving these students extra time, choice, and choice in books we are providing all the pieces to help them become life long readers. The ability to get books in the program will help make all the pieces come together.
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