Dogs and kids are a natural combination. Dogs love kids and that affection is returned. Now that bond is used to help children develop an essential skill. The dogs are patient listeners as children develop literacy skills by reading out loud to canine pals:
“…Reading aloud is a critical component of early childhood literacy. At each program, every child has the opportunity to read aloud to a specially trained therapy dog.”
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The dogs revel in the attention. And the kids just know that the dogs are enjoying themselves. The child has a totally uncritical, eager, attentive listener. It is an innovative way to tackle a serious education problem. The results are impressive.