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Thu, Jan 24 | By Matt Van Hoven | 1335

NATION – When it comes to learning to read, experts say practice makes perfect. But what if you're a shy six-year-old or an anxious second grader? For kids like that, reading to an animal may be a better option. Groups dedicated to pa… more ›

Animals Help Teach Kids to Read
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sandy h.
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sandy h.
5 years ago

Good idea, kids and animals

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Melanie
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Melanie
5 years ago

What a great idea!

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Michaelyn
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Michaelyn
5 years ago

Still hate reading out loud.

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

I have seen more articles on this lately. I also posted that my mom and my sister do this in their community with their dogs. I would love to start this at my library. I have not heard about using a horse though. That would be very unique but I can see some complications with bringing a horse. I think a dog or cat would be much easier.

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Marisa M.
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Marisa M.
5 years ago

I wish my school would do this!

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Cindy
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Cindy
5 years ago

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Saskia M.
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Saskia M.
5 years ago

The power of animals...

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

animals are good listenersand they don't judge us. i think this is a great idea

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Diane W.
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Diane W.
5 years ago

My kennel club has gone out to the Air Force base library with some of the dogs for the kids to read to. It's a win win situation for both the dogs and the kids.

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Diane
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Diane
5 years ago

I love animals & I love books. I used to play school w/ my pets as a kid. I still read to them!

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Alidia F.
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Alidia F.
6 years ago

This is a really cool idea!

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Morgan
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Morgan
6 years ago

What a great program

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peggy m.
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peggy m.
6 years ago

this sounds like a great idea. i hope it continues in other areas also. anything to get children or adults to read better. animals are great inspiration.

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Alice  L.
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Alice L.
6 years ago

This is another situation where animals can not only be our friends and family members, but can also help children who may be shy or not confident, to learn to relax and let learning come at their own speed. It never stops amazing me just how important animals are in our lives and how we are learning even more ways for them to help children and adults. I am so thankful for the animals in my life and that my parents allowed me to have dogs and cats while growing up.

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Sharon S.
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Sharon S.
6 years ago

Some kids are too shy to read aloud. If this will help them, then why not give it a try. I know my granddaughter (5)likes to "read' to her cats.

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sylvia m.
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sylvia m.
6 years ago

most children love to work with pets .They know that the animals will listen an love them too.animals do like the sound of a childs voice.soft an sweet.

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Robin L.
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Robin L.
6 years ago

This story really touched my heart. What a great program for the kids. I wonder if it would work with adults?

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Gretchen B.
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Gretchen B.
6 years ago

I have heard of this before. Nice idea for the kids and the animals.

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Rebecca
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Rebecca
6 years ago

I love this idea!

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Jane S.
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Jane S.
6 years ago

This is a wonderful program. Animals are the best listeners and rarely make negative comments. ;) Every child deserves the patience that a dog can give

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Anita C.
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Anita C.
6 years ago

Having volunteered in classrooms for 12 years, I KNOW it would help to have an animal for shy or 'odd' kids to read to. SUPER plan!

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mARY ANN M.
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mARY ANN M.
6 years ago

What a cool concept. I have to agree, animals love the attention and most animals (my parrots aside) give unconditional love so there is no criticism, need to worry about not being perfect...just practice and the ability to develop pure pleasure from reading.

Great idea and something that parents can use with their children also.

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Hymcheng
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Hymcheng
6 years ago

I wish more schools would integrate service dogs into the curriculum. There are a lot of children who would benefit from it.

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bee b.
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bee b.
6 years ago

one of our local public libraries has a service dog come in to a children's reading program. animals are good listeners

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Hymcheng
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Hymcheng
6 years ago

I agree! And not only are they good listeners, they never judge!!!

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Jamie
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Jamie
6 years ago

I think this is a great program, many children are shy around other people, but few are shy around animals. This can do so much to help.

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Cici H.
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Cici H.
6 years ago

that is just weird! i never thought animals could teach a human anything, but i guess if we can taech them, then they can teach us!

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Megpop
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Megpop
6 years ago

I love this story! Any good pet owner know what wonderful listeners animals are. I'm glad that their talent is being put to such good use. Children, especially seem to understand animals and have a real respect and love for them and I think animals feel the same for children. In this case, both the animals and the children are benefiting from each other. It warms my heart.

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Loishill
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Loishill
6 years ago

Good to know this actually works

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Rebecca
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Rebecca
6 years ago

As a teacher I think this is such a good idea. Animals are able to put kids at ease in a way no human can. I wonder if I can get something like this started at my school.

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Julie A.
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Julie A.
6 years ago

What a blessing they are

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Morgan
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Morgan
6 years ago

There are so many clever ways to benefit humans and animals

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Alex J.
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Alex J.
6 years ago

What a great ideea

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Maggie2155
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Maggie2155
6 years ago

I love this story! Animals provide so much support to people...this is just another wonderful example!

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

Great idea, pets can help in so many ways!!

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Lori M.
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Lori M.
6 years ago

what a cool program

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Cwasson
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Cwasson
6 years ago

Just another example of the many wonderful things that animals can assist us with in this life. Yes - children and adults alike are usually captivated with animals when presented in the proper way. Cool idea!

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EK4567
6 years ago

Good idea.

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Morgan
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Morgan
6 years ago

It's wonderful to learn that there are unlimited talents animals bring to us

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Kimberly G.
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Kimberly G.
6 years ago

It is interesting to see what wonderful things animals can do.

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

Great idea! Animals are definitely non-judgemental!!!!

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Lyn (Madelyn) H.
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Lyn (Madelyn) H.
6 years ago

Little Shelter should get involved in something like this in the local schools. What great publicity for the shelter and great help for young readers.

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Cathy W.
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Cathy W.
6 years ago

The number of ways animals can help us never ceases to amaze me.

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Loosey
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Loosey
6 years ago

Wonderful idea!!

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LynnLucyDoris
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LynnLucyDoris
6 years ago

Animals make us less self- conscious. We are not being judged by them. We can make a mistake and they won't laugh. Just about every person could strike up a repoire with an animal.

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Satana H.
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Satana H.
6 years ago

This is a little weird but if it works, good on 'em!

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Catherine T.
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Catherine T.
6 years ago

I think I actually have heard of this before! Pretty amazing when you start realizing how many things our dogs can do!!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
6 years ago

animals are very empathic. here is another reason to give them respect.

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Cfox929
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Cfox929
6 years ago

I think this is great and see how a child could bond better with a pet and feel comfortable with it so the anxiety would be less. Great idea and I hope it will continue to be a popular one.

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Melissa7271
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Melissa7271
6 years ago

Wonderful idea and I hope it helps for kids to develop a respect for animals at a young age.

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

This story makes me smile. Anything, any technique to help students succeed
is well worth the effort.

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