God’s word says that “two are better than one” and a friend always loves and shows kindness as well as forgiveness. When we think about our Caring School Community, our students are getting the opportunity to interact with classmates and how to do so with respect and kindness. In the Cross-age Buddies’ addition we are providing students yet another experience of interacting with their peers. This time it is offering them the chance to interact with older/younger children. Our older students practice responsibility of setting an example for the younger. Whereas, our younger students are likely to gain a stronger sense of belonging and security within our school walls. It will be exciting to see in years to come, the empathy that could come if students get the chance to be both an older and younger buddy.
“When students of different ages have a chance to get to know one another, develop empathy, and learn together in a safe and supportive environment, they are more likely to value friendship and responsibility and the way these make them feel.”
Students are paired up in the following cross-age groups: kindergarten with third grade, first grade with fourth grade, and second grade with fifth grade. Buddy meetings will be occurring two times a month until the end of the year. The first few weeks students will complete “getting to know you” activities such as an interview, drawing activity, and writing a note to their buddies. In the following weeks, there are several activities for students to participate in with buddies. A range of all subject areas are incorporated into the buddies’ program from the arts, language, math, physical education, science, and social studies. At the end of the year, we will celebrate the friendships made with the implementation of this program.