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Kids and dogs just naturally go together! And, March is designated as the "Reading Month". So we thought we'd share with you a great combination of these two things ~ Reading Dog Programs and the Library Therapy Dogs that make them happen.
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Library Therapy Dogs & Reading Dog Programs
When should children read to dogs? Whenever they can! And especially when they're part of a "reading dog program"!not everyone can have a pet of their own ~ so kids get to interact with a great dog!
motivation to read increases
some of the self-consciousness about reading out loud is eliminated
kids might actually look forward to reading
children who aren't familiar with dogs can develop a better understanding of them
Library therapy dogs are used to help with children's literacy. These specially trained dogs come into a library and children then read stories out loud to the dogs. The kids share the pictures with the dogs as well, so the dogs won't get bored (of course!).
What a great concept!
If a child's reading skills are below their peers, a reading dog program might be just the ticket for them. Reading aloud helps with language skills, which then generally leads to an increase in reading levels. The dogs are used as pure motivation to get the kids to read out loud.
The dogs provide a sense of comfort and security. The kids feel at ease reading to the dogs because there's no judgment attached to reading, and, the dogs don't interrupt them!
There are other nice benefits with reading dog programs:
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of reading dog programs throughout the United States and Canada. These programs are active in schools, libraries, and bookstores.
Here are some of the non-profit (free) programs throughout the country.
R.E.A.D (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) from Intermountain Therapy Animals ~ one of, if not THE oldest program ~ Find a program in your state
~ all photos are from the R.E.A.D. website ~
Tail Waggin Tutors ~ through Therapy Dogs International
Reading with Rover ~ in the Northwest U.S.
Sit Stay Read ~ in inner-city Chicago
S.T.A.R.S. K-9 program ~ (Special Troopers Adaptive Riding School, Inc.) - in Sioux City, Iowa
Bideawee Reading to Dogs ~ Long Island, Bronx, and Manhattan (New York)
Reading Fur Fun ~ Newport County, Rhode Island ~ goes to group homes
PAWS for Reading ~ Support Dogs, Inc.
Puppy Dog Tales ~ San Francisco, CA.
CARE (Canine Assited Reading Eduction) ~ North Carolina
Paws and Pals ~ U.S. Army Europe Libraries
LibraryDogs.com ~ more information on these programs
Nice video on YouTube that shows the Reading with Rover program >>
Cornish Rex Cats : watch out for your food!
They love to steal your food, and play, and climb, and retrieve. So if you want an amusing active family member, a Cornish Rex cat is the perfect choice!
The name of this breed comes from a combination of the "rex" gene and Cornwall, England. The rex gene (often found in rabbits) makes hair curly and thin. In cats, the result is a lack of "guard hairs", allowing Rex cats for have coats that are luxurious and velvety. Because of this lack of guard hairs, they also shed very little. The breed was discovered in Cornwall, England - which makes it "Cornish". And now you know the rest of the story...
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