Throughout the school year, students will read a lot of books in Melissa Halaris’ classroom at John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School in the North Bellmore School District. They started filling up their book bags just a few days into the new year following a book tasting in the library.
The mood was set with red tablecloths, placemats and floral centerpieces. Also on each table was a stack of books for students to look through. Ms. Halaris said she wanted children to get a “taste” of each book by reading a few pages, the summary and author biography.
She explained that no two students are alike as readers, with interests in different genres and topics. That’s why independent reading time is an important part of each school day, in which students can read the books that appeal to them.
“We want to make sure that when they’re reading, they enjoy it,” Ms. Halaris said.