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Book Buddy Time!

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Ms. Lanham began the Book Buddy program at TMSA three years ago as a means of improving reading skills, forming strong student relationships, and instilling a love of reading among students.  

     Every other Tuesday, Ms. Lanham’s Grade 7 (Berkeley) will be found in the library at noon excitedly choosing books for their book buddies.  This class has been meeting with Mrs. Gibb’s Kindergarten class for Book Buddy time since December.  Ms. Lanham began the Book Buddy program at TMSA three years ago as a means of improving reading skills, forming strong student relationships, and instilling a love of reading among students.  The classrooms really enjoy getting together to read for about 25-30 minutes. Several other classes at TMSA have also joined in and have scheduled Book Buddy Time this year.  

      Ms. Diaz's 8th graders (Harvard) have been collaborating with Mrs. Warcup's 1st graders in the Book Buddies program since November. They take turns visiting each other's classrooms every Thursday afternoon and buddy up to read together.  In December, the 8th graders created hand-made books to give to their buddies!  The 1st graders practice their reading skills and are always so excited to share their progress with their buddies. Some 8th graders have mentioned that when they happen to see their Book Buddy in the school throughout the week, they share a high-5 or smile, and they always mention how much fun they have with each other.

      Mrs. Favreau’s Grade 7 (Duke) meets with Mrs. Ernst's first grade class each Tuesday during 4th period for Book Buddies. We began meeting twice a month, but the kids loved it so much that we decided to do it weekly! They read books together and also practice reading strategies. Sometimes, the bigger kids bring books that they love from their childhood to share with their book buddy. It is probably Duke's favorite part of the week.  I have enjoyed watching my students connect with the younger students and take on a role which they take very seriously. 

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