People around the country are using innovative ways to increase confidence and encourage children to read out loud. One elementary school in Roanoke, Wisconsin found the cutest way to do it.
Starting in 2018, Hillcrest Primary School and LEADS Charter School started using a therapy dog around their elementary schools to help kids with their mental health, promote better behavior, and even help shy children gain the courage to read out loud.
“Some children who normally are embarrassed or don’t want to read out loud like to read to the dogs, because the dogs are nonjudgmental," says the school's psychologist, Erin Prey.
Reading out loud helps students grow as readers because it allows their brain to process and memorize more words and sounds than reading alone. If reading with therapy dogs can help improve young students' reading skills, imagine what just 20 minutes of reading with your child a day could do!
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