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7 Benefits of Having a Book Buddy

7 Benefits of Having a Book Buddy

Book Buddy programs, where young students are paired with older students, to develop stronger literacy and social-emotional skills, offer a variety of benefits to all involved. The Willows takes pride in offering this program to our primary students, pairing each with an upper elementary student (DK with 8th Grade, Kindergarten with 5th Grade) to create multi-age learning opportunities for cross-disciplinary, in-depth learning and sharing. Learn more below!

Improved Literacy Skills 

Spending shared time reading age-appropriate books, the older buddy reads to the younger student, helping them become familiar with reading and literacy. This 1-on-1 pairing helps to develop their reading fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary.

 

Mentorship Opportunities  

Older students become role models and mentors. These roles develop leadership skills by guiding and supporting their younger buddies both in and out of the classroom. Through time spent during their shared reading, they are also making connections and building friendships. The little ones discover that the older students aren’t so intimidating after all! 

 

Enhanced Confidence  

Students build self-esteem through their relationship; due to the support from their older buddy, younger students feel more confident in their reading abilities, and older students gain confidence in their mentoring and leadership roles.

 

Development of Social-Emotional Skills   

Students develop important social-emotional skills such as communication, patience, empathy, and understanding. Older students serve as role models to demonstrate healthy ways to regulate one’s emotions and their younger buddies learn best practices for discovering and managing their own emotions. 

 

Stronger School Community  

A Book Buddy program fosters community and connection amongst different age groups. The older students help make the youngest students feel like they are a part of the school community. Together, they develop respect, empathy, responsibility, and understanding. This community engagement leads to a sense of belonging for all.

 

Improved Listening Skills  

Younger students improve their listening and comprehension skills by hearing stories read aloud and discussing them with their older buddies. Concurrently, older students also improve their listening skills, as they become responsible mentors for their younger peers, making sure that they are heard and respected.

 

Encourages Responsibility  

Older students learn to take responsibility for their younger buddies, which can translate to better personal responsibility in other academic and social-emotional areas. By serving as a role model, the older buddy also demonstrates responsibility to their younger buddy.






 

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