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Loving Learning with Little "K" Buddies

Posted on February 20, 2012 by Briahna V. , 8th Grade

Lately, the Wildlands Middle school has been taking the kindergarteners of Augusta Elementary under their wing. We started by teaching them about Aquatic insects and letting them do things that they wouldn't do at a normal school. We had so much fun, that we decided to do some more fun activities with these smart young students.

BuddiesWe went to their school and each of us got a buddy to write about. We could make a book about them or make an alphabet book. An alphabet book has each letter in the alphabet and you choose something that starts with that letter. Before we wrote about them, we had to interview them, asking questions such as "How many people are in your family?" "What are their names?" and "Do you have any pets?" After the interviews we got to read to our buddies or have them read to us. After that, we had to say goodbye to the kindergarteners and started turning our thinking wheels while we were on the bus ride back to school.

We had about two weeks to make the books for our buddies, and after all the buddy books were done we got to give them to the kids and have them read it to us. We found out that they were very good at reading and we only had to help them with some of the harder words. When they were done reading their books, we had some extra time to do something productive. A few of us had them draw pictures, write their names and we would write ours, or have them write numbers starting with one and working our way up. This was a great opportunity to use some of our leadership skills by teaching others, and get a relationship with these smart kindergarteners. I believe that we learned a lot by doing this, and also helped the kindergarteners realize learning can be fun. This is something that we will remember forever, and we hope the kindergarteners will too.

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