During Term 2 , we have been engaging in a simple Reading Buddies Practice. A substantial advantage of reading buddy programs is that the student gets to improve their speaking and vocabulary skills while they’re reading in a non-threatening setting.
Other advantages of a buddy reading program for younger students include them feeling safe and happy, as well as demonstrating improved engagement in reading.
For older buddies, it can help them develop improved self-esteem, confidence reading and increased cognitive awareness.
Reading Buddies allows younger readers to see what being fluent looks like as they have a peer demonstrating reading skills; they can also acquire a positive role model with some intentional pairing. The older students develop social and emotional skills like patience and empathy as they work with their littler buddies.