Each year the third year Upper Elementary students have the privilege of being Reading Buddies to the third year Primary students. They are assigned one or two Primary children to read with each week throughout the year. At the beginning of the year, the UE students received lessons on how to greet their younger friends, how to develop conversations using open-ended questions, and how to reinforce the skills of developing readers. The students of both ages enjoy developing these nurturing relationships with each other and they all look forward to their weekly meetings.
The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood.