Preschool Reading Buddies

Many of my students struggle with FLUENCY.
They can read the words accurately.
But sometimes they sound like robots.
Fast robots.
Slow robots.
or worst of all...
Bored robots.

So I tried a bunch of oral reading as a whole class.
And some partner work.
And we practiced and we practiced and we practiced.
I even monthly fluency tests, which helped many of them.
I made this fun fluency packet:

But then I wanted a more realistic way for these students to practice reading orally and developing their fluency. I wanted them to get into the stories, to read with different voices, and to express the emotion of the book. 
And it just wasn't working with their classmates. 
They are "too cool" or they "feel funny" reading it dramatically to their peers.

And then it dawned on me...
We needed a different audience.
younger audience.
So our Pre-school Reading Buddy Program was started!
Here's how it works:
Each student was assigned a preschool buddy.
They met their buddies and filled in these questionnaires to help guide them as they chose books:
 Then, once a month my student peruse the "little kids" section of the library to find the book that is just right for their "buddy." We practice the books in class and at home (each student has to practice to at least two people - parents, siblings, neighbors, etc.) and then we're ready to read to our buddies!
The students LOVE to read to their buddies - it's definitely their favorite days of the month. It's so fun to see them sift through the books in the library, trying to find one that their buddy will especially enjoy.

 This student loved our Bucket Filling project so much that she wanted to share the book with her preschool buddy!

 This student just moved here from Brazil - but she jumped right on board for the Buddy program:
*Note: it's an awesome experience for ELL or ESL students - builds their confidence and allows them to practice speaking English orally and fluently!

Each month the students update their Book Log to
remember the books they've read to their buddies:
And last month we got a special treat...
one of our "buddies" read to us!
It was so sweet to hear my students clap, cheer, and encourage him on!

Well that's one successful idea I've TRIED - what about you?
Link up with Holly and join the fun!

Interested in TRYING Reading Buddies?
Click here to download these forms for FREE:

*Happy Shopping!*


  1. My fourth graders have first grade buddies and that is their absolute favorite time of the week. I've always loved doing reading buddies!:)
    iTeach 1:1

  2. Reading buddies is a great way to practice oral reading skills and build up fluency. Thanks for the form! This year we are actually the big buddies for the Kindergarten class! My students love it too!

  3. We have 1st grade reading buddies and my students love it. We meet every Friday. I think it is a great way to build fluency -- so authentic!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  4. Great idea! We have buddy reading morning early on the in the school year, but it would be great to have an ongoing partnership!


  5. I've never tried this strategy before, but from reading your post it sounds great and I know my students would really benefit. Thanks for the idea. I guess I'll add finding some reading buddies to my summer to do list!
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  6. So cute! I love reading buddies!! Great way to build reading fluency! A win-win!!!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  7. This is great!! We have Kindergarten buddies and will read with them often but haven't found "just right" books for each buddy! I love that and am using it next year for sure. Thanks for the freebie, Joanne!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

    1. Sorry JESSICA! I was distracted watching Idol and looking at Joanne's comment above! :)


Questions? Thoughts? Leave a note below: I LOVE comments! I like to reply to comments via e-mail (so we can start a blogging friendship). Please check your settings to make sure you are not a No-Reply Blogger. Contact me with questions.

Back to Top