Students devouring books? That was the scene when East Point Academy third grade teacher, Ms. Lester, held a “Book Tasting” in the school’s cafeteria complete with chef’s hats, custom menus, and yummy literary fun. Students got to “taste” three different genres, and review these using one-to-five stars supported by written critiques. “Trying different types of books can help students learn what they like to read and help encourage a love of reading,” explained Lester. “During the tasting, students sampled adventure as an appetizer, non-fiction as the main course, and mystery as dessert,” she added.

“I love that Ms. Lester had a creative way to encourage reading new genres,” remarked third grade parent Kelsea Snelgrove. “Ms. Lester presented reading in a way that was fun, educational, and innovative.” When asked about the tasting, third grader Braylin echoed her mom’s excitement, “It was so cool because I got to read Adventure, Mystery and NonFiction, and they were yummy!” she added with a giggle.

“Ms. Lester’s ‘Book Tasting’ exemplifies the hands-on learning that happens every day at East Point Academy,” remarked Assistant Principal Ashley Cohoon. “I am impressed with Ms. Lester’s creativity to teach the South Carolina Standards in a meaningful way. The students continue to talk about this art-rich activity.”

East Point Academy is a highly rated Mandarin Immersion free Public Charter School that provides rigorous academics with a global focus to students from four-year-old kindergarten to eighth grade. It was named the “Best” Charter School by the FreeTimes and State Newspaper, “Best” Private or Charter Elementary School in South Carolina by Niche.com.

To learn more, visit www.eastpointsc.org or to schedule a tour call (803) 926-5180.