fifth grade buddies

Fifth graders working together with kindergarteners to do an art project to display for open house. Practicing fine motor skills, fifth graders teach the little ones how to properly use a pair of scissors.

Once a week, the Hometown fifth grade students take a stroll down to the kindergarten classrooms.  A Hometown tradition, the fifth grade buddy program was started to help build a bond between the oldest Hornets and our newest little friends.  Once a week, a fifth grader is paired with a kindergartener, and they do different projects to help build fine motor skills, to encourage good leadership, friendship, and strong communication skills.  For the Kindergarten and Fifth Grade students, this relationship is one that they will remember forever. It helps them gain self-confidence, feel secure at school and just have fun. Fifth graders develop many valuable skills - respect for younger students, patience when working with them, how to relate to younger children, and how to talk in a manner that helps their buddies feel respected and safe. With thier buddies, students will have an opportunity to build strong relationships with each other.

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