Grouped By Ages
“It's critical that younger kids see models of what they can accomplish so they can visualize their own success and learn persistence.”
- Dr. Tara Terry, Assistant Head of School for Academics
A few years ago, Lower School teachers were looking for new activities to enhance The Howard School’s March Reading Month – a celebration of reading that coincides with National Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’s birthday. They decided on Reading Buddies, pairing Middle School students and Lower School students in their own classrooms to read aloud to each other. It wasn’t intended to be extra work, just kids enjoying good books together.
From the beginning, the benefits were clear. Lower School students looked up to the older students, seeing them as proof that reading could be mastered. The older students who struggled with reading got valuable practice in a casual, fun setting with young students who loved spending time with them.
Now every Lower School class participates in Reading Buddy activities, getting together several times a year with their Middle School buddies to read to each other. The groups also take part in several reading-related activities throughout Reading Month, which concludes with the annual Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast and gives reading buddies a chance to share a delicious and fun meal together.