‘Buddy time’ improves social skills

Saturday May 12, 2018 Written by Published in Education
Teacher aide Maine Nand alongside Victor Samuel and Ray-Levi Clementis during buddy time. 18051005 Teacher aide Maine Nand alongside Victor Samuel and Ray-Levi Clementis during buddy time. 18051005

A school-wide initiative at Takitumu Primary this year is helping children work on their social skills.

The school has started running “buddy time” which focuses on teaching social skills and building relationships across the different age groups in the school.

Buddy time involves students from the older classes being assigned a younger buddy for the term.

During buddy time, the older students are often found reading to their younger buddy, helping them with some painting or drawing and even sometimes engaging a large group Zumba session.

Principal Carly Ave said the initiative had been a success so far.

“Everyone looks forward to this special time of the week.

“We are teaching the children how to make friends, be patient, share and to use our manners. Once the kids have these skills it allows them to navigate their classrooms and the playground in a more positive manner.

“It also helps improve our overall school environment and culture.

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