Students who are learning English as a Second Language (ESL) are making leaps and bounds by reading to a furry friend. A program called R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) is helping kids by making them feel more comfortable reading aloud. Reading to dogs has been shown to calm the students so that they are likely to read more and aren’t as afraid to stumble a bit (hey, we all stumble a bit, right?)
While students feel more comfortable and gain confidence, these dogs are getting some awesome story time and attention. It’s a win/win! Who wouldn’t want to hear a good book? Or hang out with a reading assistance dog? Children and animals just go together… like peanut butter and jelly. Peas and carrots. Ice cream and sprinkles! So why not use this relationship as an educational benefit too??? Makes pawfect sense!
Love seeing dogs help kids learn? Check out Presley the goldendoodle service dog that ended up with her own year book photo!
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