By Hannah Sunshine, grade 4 teacher
The beginning of reading buddies was a highly anticipated event in the 4th grade classroom. The students had participated in buddy partnerships in the past, but always as the younger students. Partnering with the Pre-K as the older reading buddies was new territory, and it brought out a clear sense of excitement, but also responsibility. The 4th graders were abuzz as they picked out stories to share with their buddies for the first time, recalling what books they had enjoyed at that stage and getting pulled into new stories as they leafed through picture books. When we finally got to the Pre-K classroom, the 4th graders settled into their new roles with ease, holding their books with the pictures on display, as they have seen their teachers do so many times before.