Did you know? Reading to dogs can boost reading skills in kids as well as help with emotional and social skills. Programs in both school and public library settings are gaining in popularity due to those benefits. Reading to dogs gives kids essential additional practice with reading and oral skills. Some kids feel that reading becomes less difficult by reading to a dog and kids are more willing to read out loud at school. Reading to dogs has inspired some kids to start reading more at home, especially to their pets. Children want to try reading more strenuous books as they're going throughout the reading to dogs program.
Children feel more confident when answering reading related questions. Research studies have shown that reading fluency can increase after participating in a reading to dogs program. An emotional advantage is that children really like the program and believe it is fun! They anticipate coming to the library because the dog is waiting for them. Children feel comfortable reading to dogs because dogs do not judge whether the word is mispronounced. The process of petting dogs might help with motor skills and is also known to be a calming factor that may reduce stress, blood pressure level, and anxiety. Some kids feel nervous when reading loudly and reading with a dog instantly calms them down.
Children feel safe while sitting with the dog from the program. Reading to dogs boosts the confidence levels of struggling readers and provides kids an increased sense of pride. A young kid can feel as a leader by turning the book toward the dog, reading loudly, and pretending he is the teacher. Children get a feeling of accomplishment by reading the whole book. If a young kid has experienced the latest loss of a family member or pet, reading to a dog might help bring kids comfort. Improving social skills, kids learn to take turns while waiting for their chance to read to a dog.
Children can also learn kindness and empathy by petting the dogs, cuddling with them, and bringing them treats. Participants enjoy talking with one another and sharing books they've read. Research data showing that reading to dogs programs really help kids improve their reading skills are just starting to appear. We now know of the many social and emotional benefits that the reading program gives to young readers