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Grandview Book Buddies help Kindergarten students learn to read

Mary-Kate Newton
mnewton@greeleytribune.com

Denise Kennedy teaches her kindergarteners that there is more than one way to read a book.

You can interpret the story, read the words themselves or even just understand a book from the pictures.

"It's all reading," she said Wednesday.

The students have index-sized cards with commonly used words on them: The, and, said and more. Each student has these cards personalized to them. Standard curriculum recommend that the students be able to identify 20 common words by the end of the year. Kennedy is challenging her class to learn 60.

“t’s nice to take a break during the day to come down here and read with him. He has gotten so much better and it’s very cool to watch.”Owen Pendleton

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This curriculum is from a reading program from the Windsor-Severance school district adopted two years ago from the American Reading Company. Reading strategies like pattern memorization and using context clues from pictures and other words help students learn to read.

This reading program involves a lot of personalization. Each student collects their words independently. To help, fifth graders from Grandview come to read with the kindergarteners once a week for Book Buddies.

Owen Pendleton, 11, has partnered with Jordyn Ohmle, 5, this year.

Jordyn's favorite books are about vegetables. He can read a couple small picture books about vegetables and farming by himself.

Owen said it has been fun watching Jordyn learn and grow.

"It's nice to take a break during the day to come down here and read with him," Owen said. "He has gotten so much better and it's very cool to watch."

Wednesday, Owen read out loud and Jordyn used a flashlight to highlight each word as Owen read them.

Kennedy explained that learning to identify each word and the spaces between words are some of the small steps to learning how to read.