Friday, January 16, 2009

Paws for Reading

I was just now paging through my Detroit Free Press and came across this:

STERLING HEIGHTS: Kids can read to dogs to get some practice.
Children who love to read, are learning words or who have difficulty reading can read to specially certified dogs during the Paws for Reading program Tuesday and Jan. 27. The program, which helps reinforce reading and verbal skills, is to be held 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. both days in the Storytime Room at the Sterling Heights Public Library, 40255 Dodge Park at Utica. The program is first-come, first-served. Children can bring a story or select one there.

Reading to dogs??? Really? Am I becoming cynical or is this wacky? Has anyone heard of this? Or actually done it? I need to know more. WHY?


Anonymous said...

I happen to know from experience that dogs are very good listeners.
Mary Beth

... if you'd like to give it a try I can set up a personal session for you.

Nancy USA said...

I recently heard of this too. The reason being that the kids enjoy it because the dogs never correct them! It builds their confidence. Could work!

If it does, maybe they could have the dogs run the PET meetings??? hahaha PET meetings! hahaha I didn't even do that PUN on purpose!

kid_curry said...

Anything to get a kid to read, right?