What is a Reading Buddy?
The purpose of Reading Buddies is for the volunteers and children to spend time reading together ~ for the children to experience listening to a story as well as practice reading to the adult; for the pair to take time to visit about what they are reading, for the volunteer to encourage engagement in the story and clarify comprehension; to just enjoy a funny story together.
The program is designed to create an enjoyable time, to help the children develop positive attitudes toward books and reading. It is to be a “warm and fuzzy” time, free from the pressures of performance and testing.
While the teachers are the experts in teaching reading skills, Reading Buddies reinforce what the students have learned and affirm and encourage them in mastering the skill of reading.
Nevis Reading Buddies program is in session from October through April at the Nevis Elementary School. Adult volunteers are matched with first grade students who have parental/guardian permission to participate and have been referred by their teachers. The volunteers sign in at the Principal’s office and meet their buddy at the classroom at a designated time. They take reading materials with them to the library where they find a quiet space to read together for 20 to 25 minutes. The adult then accompanies the student back to his/her classroom.
Park Rapids Reading Buddies program takes place from October through April at Century Elementary School. Adult volunteers are matched with first graders who have parental/guardian permission to participate and have been referred by their teachers. The volunteers must sign in at the Principal’s office. Volunteers will meet with their reading buddy in a quiet location for 20-30 minutes and read and discuss the chosen books and just as importantly, build a friendship between a caring adult and a child.
Encourage children to experience the joy of reading by providing positive mentoring relationships that emphasize reading.
The program matches adults (21 years old and over) in the community with first grade students who need extra attention and/or practice listening/ reading. It generally runs from October through April.
- Buddies must consent to be screened through the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). Form is included with the application.
- Buddies must sign in at the principal’s office each visit and meet their child in the area designated by Kinship.
- Buddies must meet with their child in the space provided by the school.
- Buddies may not bring food for the child to eat
For more information, contact the Kinship office at 218-732-0058