The ‘Big Buddy Reading Program’ is a mixed-age program in which a group of children of the elementary visit one of the kindergarten classes for an hour of shared reading.
Each Big Buddy is paired with a smaller child and reads him/her a book. The benefits are on both sides:
the Big Buddies improve their reading skills and ability to modulate their tone to add interest to the reading;
the small Buddies are captured by having the full attention of a ‘Big Kid’;
both big and small Buddies discover the thrill of reading and listening.