At Discovery School, we recognize each student’s innate strengths, whether they be in Pre-K or 6th Grade – everyone has something to teach and everyone has something to learn! This is much more of a partnership as opposed to the older students simply caring for the younger ones. This is one reason why we value student-student interactions such as these. This is supported by our classroom buddy system. Each class (except Preschool – because we have an odd number of classes!) is paired up with another class that they partner with for the school year. The buddies are:
- PreK-C and 2nd Grade
- PreK-A and 3rd Grade
- Kindergarten and 5th/6th Grade
- Grade 1 and Grade 4
Typically, classroom buddies get together weekly to complete a project together or share their learning with one another. This has included a range of different activities such as making cards for Veterans, selecting take home books, art tasks or simply playing together in different centers. The classes have built strong relationships with the students in their buddy class and they look forward to their time together. The students can regularly be seen looking for their buddies on the playground or high-fiving one another in the hallways.
Our classroom buddies are one of the things that helps to make Discovery School so special and we are proud of our positive school community.