Last week the Kindy children met their Year 3 Buddy class. Buddy time provides valuable opportunities for older children to interact and play alongside younger children and it allows them to learn from each other.
The Year 3 Buddies came to the Library with the Kindy children and helped them to learn and become familiar with the library procedures and showed them how to select a library book.
Mixed-age grouping has great potential to support children’s social and emotional learning. Older children are given an opportunity to take on leadership roles and support the younger children, while at the same time building their own self-confidence and self-esteem. The Kindy children enjoyed showing their Year 3 Buddies the Pre Primary playground and exploring the early childhood bush space.
We had a fun afternoon together!