Buddy Mentoring Program Connects Grade Levels
My sixth graders are what we call Big Buddies to students in the first grade class (aka, our Little Buddies). About once a week our groups get together to share an activity. There are so many benefits to having a school-wide mentoring program like this.
- Friendships that help them feel safe in the building and on the playground
- Assistance with tasks they cannot complete alone
- Role models for learning how to be good students
- Connections with others outside of their classroom
- Familiarity with teachers who they may have in the future
- Develop interpersonal and leadership skills
- Make friendships outside of their classroom
- Develop sensitivity to younger children
- Reinforce the things they’ve learned
And for both groups and teachers it provides a lot of fun!
This week the first graders visited our class and we had the chance to share with them what we’ve been learning about amphibians. First we showed them a video clip on the stages of frog development. I then gave instructions from the front of the room on how to make an origami hopping frog.