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Buddying up for learning and development
Each Tuesday at Kidsfirst Avonhead, very special bonds are made. It’s this day of the week when the kindergarten’s buddy system with Avonhead School comes into play, and an ‘inquiry learning’ class of eight and nine-year-olds team up with a pre-schooler for reading and learning time together.
Kidsfirst Avonhead Teacher Lorraine Stewart says the initiative has been great for the kindy children’s confidence and developing their interaction with other people.
“Avonhead Teacher Kate Morgan, who came up with the idea, has told us about some of their children really coming out of their shells, and increasing their reading ability through reading to our children.
“The inquiry learning and encouraging the older children to ask lots of questions sits well alongside the kindergarten philosophy of learning through discovery and a child's interest. We’re really looking forward to continuing it this year.”
KIDSFIRST KINDERGARTENS ARE A NOT FOR PROFIT ASSOCIATION THAT HAS DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED KINDERGARTENS IN CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY AND ON THE WEST COAST FOR OVER 100 YEARS - AS THE PLACE LOCAL KIDS COME TO LEARN, PLAY AND HAVE FUN.
Kidsfirst Avonhead has a buddy system with Avonhead School.
The older school children spend time with the younger ones, developing their confidence and interaction skills.