It's not uncommon to see kindergartners bring stuffed animals to school. However, the way their teachers choose to utilize these friends in education can be creative.
Blue Star Elementary teacher Kelly Slagh has implemented a 'Reading Buddy' program for her students in which they read quietly to their stuffed animals.
"We are learning about the fact that we are readers," Slagh explained. "They are taking the opportunity to read their books and looking at sight words that they know while reading familiar story books. We're having a lot of fun reading to our reading buddies, it's a very exciting process."
It's a unique way to get the students learning and excited about reading.
"Having the reading buddies with them engages them with their book because they're able to show what they know and pretend they're a teacher like me and they love to play pretend," Slagh added.