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We are proud to be celebrating our 12th year of Book Buddies at SAES!

Who are Book Buddies?

Community volunteers who provide individual reading instruction guided by a Reading Specialist

Why does my child have a Book Buddy?

A PALS test is given at the beginning and end of the school year.  If a child does not reach the benchmark, we provide some form of intervention.  This year we also were able to provide tutors to some children who passed the PALS test.  Throughout the year students are evaluated and moved accordingly.

What do Book Buddies do?

  • They listen to your child read books sent home.
  • Play Word Study/Phonics/Spelling activities.
  • Read a new phonics book to your child.
  • Read a new leveled book to your child.
  • Listen to your child read new books.
  • Assist your child with sight word activities
  • All within 30 minutes twice a week!
What do parents do?
  • Be sure your child is reading his 2 Book Buddy books nightly.  (15 min. daily)
  • Help your child learn the word wall/sight words. (2 min. daily)

What do I do with Word Wall/ Sight Words?

  • Check off which words your child is already able to read within 5 sec.
  • Make 2 copies of the hard words on index cards.
  • Introduce only 3 hard words at a time & build from there.  This takes 1 minute a day.
But these books seem so easy!
  • Reading easy books helps a child become a more fluent reader.
  • A fluent reader is able to comprehend better.

What if the books are too hard?

  • Alternate reading the pages with your child.

How do I know what level my child is reading on at this time?

Teachers give a test called A-Z periodically throughout the year and the Book Buddies Coordinator is given the test results to adjust  levels accordingly. Running Records are also given by teachers and levels are adjusted continually. Levels are just a guide they fluctuate according to many variables.

What if my child is not reading on grade level by the end of the year?

This is a journey.  It continues throughout the year even in the summer months.
Your child will continue to read and move smoothly up the levels if reading becomes a crucial component of his day. (15 minutes of quiet reading)

Still have questions?

Contact Lida Walker, SAES Book Buddies Coordinator, at lwalker@hcps.us






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