Once a month, it's a dog world at Taylor Parks. The Fur Angels, a local pet therapy group, visits our school. Researchers in the U.S. have found that reading to dogs helped children improve their fluency by 30%. The dogs, in contrast to a human, don't judge the individual, aren't grading the individual, and that allows the children to build
some confidence in their reading skills.
In addition to increased reading fluency, teachers have also noted:
- Students have improved self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Students find reading fun and volunteer to read aloud in class.
- Students are gentler and have more respecful interactions with animals.