The PBS Reno Reading Buddies program is a way to increase vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing, and instill confidence and leadership skills in our local students while developing self-esteem, social-emotional skills, and enhancing students’ love for books and reading. PBS Reno has two Reading Buddies programs: Martha Speaks and Arthur SEL (social-emotional learning).
Both Reading Buddies programs pair younger elementary students (Kindergarten-2nd graders) with older elementary students (3rd-5th graders) to meet one-on-one for several weeks. Each session introduces new vocabulary words and then reinforces them as the buddy pairs watch a selected PBS KIDS® episode, work collaboratively to read books, play games, and participate in hands-on activities. Students learn to listen for and utilize the new vocabulary words of the day during each segment of the lesson. At the end of the Reading Buddies program, PBS Reno honors participants with a new book to take home to add to their home libraries.