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ERIC Number: EJ894873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
Book Buddies: Kindergartners and Fifth Graders Explore Books Together
Lowery, Ruth McKoy; Sabis-Burns, Donna; Anderson-Brown, Shawn
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v36 n3 p31-38 Fall 2008
This article discusses how Book buddy reading activities can help to develop interpersonal relationships between younger and older students, increase all children's reading levels and abilities, and foster their positive self-esteem and confidence. Teachers, families, and other caregivers often seek techniques to improve children's reading abilities. Classroom teachers frequently read to children, maintain libraries, and often are happy to have others help children with one-on-one reading experiences. Families are encouraged to take their children to local libraries and to read with them at home. One effective way to encourage students to read is to have them read with their peers, younger siblings, or younger readers. Book buddy reading is a literacy activity that enhances children's literacy development. It is especially designed to increase emergent or less-able readers' literacy. While this activity helps younger children, it also is academically beneficial for older readers who learn to read more proficiently and master book levels that they would otherwise not read for fear that others will "laugh at them reading a baby book."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 5; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A