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Making the transition to Kindergarten easier

Friday, April 17, 2009

Hanna Snow, 5, Brazil, daughter of Julie Ann Snow and granddaughter of Elizabeth Wood listens quietly as her big buddy Alli Cook, 7, Brazil, daughter of Craig and Bridget Cook, reads "How Have I Grown?" by Mary Reid and illustrated by John Speirs, Friday at Staunton Elementary. The big buddy/little buddy-reading program is currently taking place at area elementary schools. Kimberly Gleason Photo. [Order this photo]
Local preschoolers are getting a head start for next fall by participating in the Big Buddy/Little Buddy program.

"The program is designed to help the pre-kindergartener get into the building with a family member so they will be more familiar with their surroundings when they attend in the fall," Program Coordinator Arletta Kellar said.

The little buddy is assigned a big buddy, a second-grade student who reads a story and then the two participate in an activity related to the book. The two buddies then share a snack.

"It is great for the big buddy because for six weeks they have someone to read to," Kellar said.

Students are taken on a tour throughout the building and they have the opportunity to check out a book from the library, in addition to the copy of the book read by their big buddy.

The program also requires a level of commitment from the parent.

"Parents have to provide transportation to and from the program and an adult is required to attend each session with the child," she said.

The goal of the program is to help ease the transition from preschool to kindergarten in a positive way.

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