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Calling all Readers!

Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies

Complete the phrase: Reading is __________.  Here are some possible answers: reading is a gift; reading is a process; reading is a pleasure; reading is power; reading is freedom. Reading is the key to success.

At Evergreen School, it is all of the above.  When our kindergarten and elementary classes join for their Reading Buddies program on Friday afternoons, older students start by reading their favorite picture book aloud to younger ones.  Then the younger ones take a turn.  The more experienced readers are thrilled to share their stories. The beginners delight in sounding out words with an encouraging, dutiful partner.  And everyone, young and old, learns that reading is satisfying and social.

If you have not read aloud to someone recently, now is a good time.  As  the National Commission on Reading reported in its study, Becoming a Nation of Readers,  “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” The commission indicated that reading aloud is essential to reading success, and classroom reading “should continue throughout the grades.”

Let us know what reading is to you.  Please leave a comment below.  Then go read!

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  1. January 11, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Your school sounds wonderful! I teach in a public school, where we are desperately trying to hold on to ideas like “free reading” and “reading for pleasure” in the face of national standards and ever increasing tests.
    Keep up the good work!

  2. January 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    We are so grateful to be free of all the mandated testing. I have worked in schools that were large and small, and find the most important characteristic of all is the relations between parents and teachers. I am so happy to be at a place like Evergreen– a lot of independence and common sense. Good luck keeping focus on what is important at your school!

  3. January 12, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I like the idea of helping others which you are doing. Excellent post. I will come back on this site to read more posts for sure. good job. keep it up and God bless you.

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