Rushville Republican

September 20, 2013

Reading Buddies

By Marianne Scott Rushville Republican
Rushville Republican

---- — What happens when a high school speech class and a first grade class join forces? Well, you have Reading Buddies!

For Jennie Tague’s speech class at RCHS, there are several things to consider when speaking to a group of people or one-on-one with a much younger audience. Multiple variations of speaking are explored from reading a letter to reading a children’s book. When you add to that voice tone, volume, inflection and expression there is a wide range of components that make up “speech.”

Now enter Kim Perin’s first grade class at RESE, who are exploring how their school library functions through books. They are expanding their vocabulary and compre-hension as well as differentiating between reality and fantasy stories (Common Core Standards). When you add visual illustra-tions to that, you have a recipe for some really great stories.

On Sept. 13, these two groups joined forces and brought with them their favorite books. From “Where the Wild Things Are” to “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie,” the words . . . the pictures . . . the stories came alive when shared. While each group certainly has their own mission as they learn to speak and read, we know all would agree a book is so much more fun when shared.

Reading Buddies – just one more reason why Rush County Schools are a great place to be.