Monday, October 26, 2009

Sit. Stay. Read.

R.E.A.D. - or Reading Education Assistance dogs- are helping children with literacy skills by listening to the kids read in libraries and schools.

The philosophy is simple. Children who are just learning to read often feel judged or intimidated by classmates and adults. But reading to a dog isn't so scary. It won't judge, it won't get impatient, it won't laugh or correct if the child makes a mistake. In a nutshell, dogs are simply excellent listeners. And for shy kids or slow readers, that can make all the difference. via cnn

Volunteers say that the program helps students build confidence, resulting not only in improvements in reading level by multiple grade levels in one school year, but areas like class participation and homework.

2 comments:

currentresident said...

That's pretty cool.

My big kids definitely benefit from having younger, pre-reading siblings to eagerly sit and listen to them read aloud.

So, lacking a library-toddler, a library-dog sounds great. (And unlike a library cat, it won't try to sit on your book, climb your back, or wander away in disdain . . .)

Wheelie Catholic said...

LOL! ...or nap!