When children read to dogs, it motivates them to read more and helps to reduce shame over reading problems.
- Dogs don’t judge.
- They don’t tell them when they’ve missed a word
- They’re patient listeners
- Dogs love any attention their families give them
- Dogs always find the time to sit and listen to a story.
- Their quiet demeanor trains kids to be calm when they read.
More and more dogs are being introduced to classrooms because they’re a positive influence. They encourage independence and reduce aggression. They foster empathy and support for one another.
Animal shelters across America have programs for children to read to the dogs. Reading reduces the dogs’ anxiety and increases their chances of being adopted. It’s a win-win for the dogs and the kids.
Encourage your kids to read to the family pet. It’ll be fun and helpful.
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