DETROIT (WDIV/CNN) – Kids at one Michigan library are sharpening their reading skills by reading out loud to their best friend – man’s best friend, that is!
It’s part of the reader dog program at Grosse Pointe public libraries.
Organizers of the program say kids from kindergarten to fifth grade can participate. The reason is simple, they say – it’s less embarrassing than reading out loud in the classroom while they’re still learning how.
“It’s also an environment that’s away from the school environment, so if they’re used to being frustrated in the school by reading, it’s a new space and a new way to try,” said Kate DeMeaster, Dir., Assistant Central Library.
The dogs are specially trained therapy dogs that are better trained and calmer than a typical house pet.
They say results show that as the students head back to school they’re more confident in their reading skills and willing to participate in class.
And, it helps make reading fun!