Reading Aloud Benefits All

Two students at a table reading a book
On World Read Aloud Day, celebrated on Feb. 1, some classes from Bayville Primary School and Bayville Intermediate School joined together to celebrate. Victoria Shishkoff brought her first-graders down the hill to the intermediate school and joined Marie Fonzo’s class. Lori Pace’s third-grade class partnered with Dani Schatz’s second-grade class and the four classes celebrated reading.

The students sat in pairs as the older children read books to the younger children, both groups learning and gaining from the experience. 

“The activity made my students feel very important and special,” Ms. Shishkoff said. “The older students were excited, kind and nurturing. It was a wonderful sight to see! My class couldn’t stop talking about the third-graders the rest of the day.” 

She also explained the benefits in developing a crossover and collaboration between teachers at both schools so the younger children become comfortable and familiar with the faces when it’s time to move down to the big school. 

Ms. Fonzo said the event was just as rewarding for her class. “This activity allowed third-grade students to become mentors to their younger peers. They felt a feeling of pride and accomplishment as the roots of our school community deepened.”