Started in 2004, our Book Buddies program provides weekly opportunities for older students to come together with our younger children and enjoy reading together. Research shows that reading to others bolsters a student’s sense of confidence and reading abilities, and fully engages the younger child with imaginative words and pictures. Playing off of the mixed-age components of a Montessori classroom, this program allows the older children to serve as mentors and guides.
Starting in the Third grade, students are paired with an Early Program child and build a lasting relationship through Upper Level. During our graduation ceremony as Upper Level students prepare to depart for their ongoing schools, their Kindergarten Book Buddies provide them with sage and heartwarming advice to take with them as they leave Caedmon.
Book Buddies is a much-loved tradition among all children, and we’ve found that they look forward to their time together with great fondness and excitement.