Reading Buddies is an initiative that pairs different grade-level students for community reading time, outside of school hours. A Grade 10, 11 or 12 student buddies up with a Grade 2, 3 or 4 student to practice reading.
Our Reading Buddies program is offered in-person to ALL eligible students in the Langley School District.
The benefits are profound. Reading Buddies allows younger readers to see what being fluent looks like as they have a peer model 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 little buddies.
This program of cooperative learning is a great way to build community outside of school and to promote reading, which are goals for nearly every school and community.
Powerful moments of connection can happen, and social and emotional lessons are inevitable. These are some wonderful outcomes, all from just sharing a book.
Little Buddies must:
- Be in Grades 2, 3 or 4
- Already be able to read. This program is not intended to teach children how to read.
- Have a parent or guardian who is able to remain close by during the program, as it is not a drop-off program.
Big Buddies must:
- be in Grades 10 – 12
- complete a free Criminal Record Check
- be patient, kind and love reading!
Watch former Literacy Outreach Coordinator, Kailey explain more about the benefits of Reading Buddies:
Applying for the program does not guarantee a spot in the program. Participants are not selected on a first-come first served basis. The number of Little Buddies we can serve depends on the number of Big Buddies that sign up.