Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Buddy Reading and lots of lovely new books to enjoy.

Buddy Reading and lots of lovely new books to enjoy.

Elbow to elbow, knee to knee,
I'll read to you, you'll read to me.
Elbow to elbow, knee to knee,
Book in the middle, so we both can see!

Each day, after Morning Tea, we pair up to do Buddy Reading. This week in Autahi, we took delivery of a choice selection of lovely books from the National Library. We couldn't wait to get stuck in during Buddy Reading time.

How does Buddy Reading work? Well, each buddy chooses a book that they would like to read. Then, the buddies sit together, "elbow to elbow, knee to knee", and take turns to share their books.

It's fun to look at the pictures and try to tell the story together. What can you see? What's going on in this picture? What will happen next? We become confident with how books and stories work.

This is a book that we know quite well because we've read it before. We like re-telling the story and looking at the funny pictures together. Buddy Reading is great for boosting speaking and listening skills. 

This book has moveable pieces so that we can make up our own stories and tell them to each other. We use our creativity and build our vocabulary, too.

Buddy Reading is a chance to try out books that we might not have chosen ourselves, and make exciting new discoveries. Connecting with someone through sharing a book is also a great way to make friends.

Buddy Reading builds relationships as well as reading skills. As the year progresses, we will be doing lots of reading together, sharing all the good things that books have to offer.

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