Martha Speaks, a PBS KIDS television series, aims to help children ages 4–7 build their oral vocabulary—an important early literacy skill. In this video, part of the MARTHA SPEAKS mini-tutorial, The Experts Speak, kindergarten teacher Weddy Youn and fourth-grade teacher Joseph Cooke describe their experience using the eight-week cross-age program, MARTHA SPEAKS Reading Buddies. In addition to enhancing students’ enjoyment of reading, they found that the program—which includes reading and talking together, playing games, and writing or drawing—helped younger students learn and use new words, while older students gained fluency, self-confidence, and leadership skills. The video is accompanied by an article written by Youn and Cooke that describes their experience in greater detail. Based on the curriculum behind MARTHA SPEAKS, this innovative initiative builds school community, while improving reading skills.
Watch other videos from the Martha Speaks mini-tutorial: The Experts Speak.