- Expressive and receptive oral language skills
- Literacy skills such as book handling, comprehension, print awareness
- To “pretend” read, recall elements from the story
- Conversing with peers
- To engage in positive social interactions with peers
- 4 tubes of books, each with 8-10 books, that are labeled with icons the children can interpret
-for example a tub with animals, spring, snow, or Eric Carle books.
- Lips and ears mediator cards
- Children are paired together and ‘read’ books to one another
-Initially children label the pictures and later retell the story.
- First, one reads and the other listens, then they switch roles.
- They use mediator cards (lips and ears) to remind them of their role.
- After they read, they discuss their books.
Introducing Buddy Reading:
- Two teachers model
- Looking at the books available
- Choosing a book
- Sitting with a partner so he/she can see the pictures
- “Reading” if you have the lips
- “Listening” if you have the ear
- Asking your partner what he/she liked about the story
- The partner answering
- Switching roles
- Putting the books away in the correct tub when the teacher says it’s time