A national study in reading has showed accelerated progress of ‘struggling readers,’ when they regularly read to a dog! Well behaved dogs are invited into school with their ‘handler,’ and the child knows in advance of their time slot to read. The child simply reads for 5 minutes to the dog. The psychology behind it is simply that the dog just sits ‘and listens.’ The dog does not correct mistakes (the handler just sits holding the dog’s lead). Research has shown that for struggling readers, this non – confrontational scenario boosts reader confidence and enjoyment. Children look forward to their dog reading session and therefore often are keen to practise their reading for the session, inadvertently sharpening their segmenting, blending and general reading skills. I have already done the necessary risk assessments and am very keen to ‘give it a go!’ If you have a well behaved dog that would sit calmly listening to children read, (ideally on a weekly basis), please come into the office and let us know so I can contact you and give you more details behind the psychology and what’s required.
Suffolk Greenest County Event 2013
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Click on the photo to hear our winner's interview on BBC Radio Suffolk
We have successfully beaten off stiff competition to be selected by the judges and a public vote as Suffolk's environmental Champion of Champions. This award recognises all the hard work since our journey began back in 2008.
The awards ceremony took place at the Apex centre in Bury St Edmunds, with the prestigious award for Champion of Champions being presented by local Olympic weight lifting medalist Zoe Newson.
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