|Isis is resting after one of the children's reading program sessions at a local library.|
Reading aloud helps children improve their reading skills significantly.
Reading to dogs can help a child build confidence without fear of judgment or embarrassment by parents, teachers or other kids.
The Dogs help motivate reluctant readers who don’t like to read, or are afraid they won’t read well.
Reading programs can take place at libraries, schools, bookstores, hospitals, and homeless shelters.
|Isis in the library Community Room, waiting for the kids reading program to start. I don't include pics of the children in order to protect their privacy.|
Here are some compelling facts about literacy in the U.S.:
Over 40 million adults in the U.S. don't read well enough to read a simple story to a child.
Nearly half of the nation's unemployed youth aged 16-21 are functional illiterate, and will have little to no job prospects.
Children who haven't developed basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3 to 4 times more likely to drop out later.
60% of American prison inmates and 85% of juvenile offenders have reading problems.
Fact Sources: US Dept. of Education & US Dept. of Health & Human Services
Afterwards, I take Isis home and give her a nice big Kong bone filled with peanut butter! It's so much fun and so rewarding, we love the children reading to dogs program!
"To learn to read is to light a fire;
every syllable that is spelled out is a spark"
- Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
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