Last week I put this thought into action in my library. Fourth grade students (the oldest in my building) worked hard to find the "perfect" book to share with our kindergarten students. They searched, reminisced about favorites and made their selections. They took turns practicing reading aloud to their classmates. They laughed and smiled as they shared personal memories of and connections to their chosen title.
This week each class of fourth graders joined me in the library during one of my kindergarten periods. Each older student partnered up with a younger student, found a comfy place to sit and read their story aloud.
After quick introductions, the stories started. But even more so were the conversations.
"I loved this book when I was in kindergarten."; "What's a book that YOU loved this year?"; "What kinds of books do you like? Oh really? Me too!" "When you get older, make sure you read (book). It is so good, you'll love it!"
As students finished with their partner, they switched with someone and started over again with a new partner...seamless, effortless, easy!
The best part? I did nothing but sit back and enjoy. The smiles, the laughter, the conversations filled my heart with joy!
The kindergarteners learned so much from their older friends, but trust me, those fourth graders learned just as much, if not more. And this old man? He learned the most of all.
Readers share. Readers Care. Age Doesn't matter!