Reading Buddies!

dsc07097Fourth graders in Mrs. Harty’s class have taken on a new responsibility this month.  They have been paired with a first grader for “Reading Buddies,” a twice-weekly time when the younger students get to practice their reading skills under the careful watch of their fourth grade buddies.  When the first graders get stuck on a word or need help with the inflection in a sentence, the fourth graders can be heard offering gentle suggestions or examples.  Mrs. Durand says, “Reading buddies allow first graders to have another chance to practice their reading fluency.  In addition to reminding their buddies to use strategies on tricky words, fourth graders also model good reading fluency for them.  I am very proud of how hard the first graders are working and how kind and supportive the fourth graders are to their buddies.”