From time to time I publish stories from the news I feel are helpful or of interest to parents and children.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Reading is an important part of any child’s education. An early start has significant affect. More
proof of this came when Dolly Parton started her Imagination Library Program with the intent to distribute
books to children throughout the country. It has now grown to an international level and is spreading.
“Already statistics and independent reports have shown Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library drastically
improves early childhood literacy for children enrolled in the program. Further studies have shown
improved scores during early literacy testing. If you aren’t familiar with this program check it out
here:“http://imaginationlibrary.com/ You can help by initiating the program in your area if it isn’t there yet.
Children Read to Animals
Recent stories about children reading to dogs in libraries are heartwarming at the least. Animals are non critical so a child who might otherwise have problems reading can enjoy the interaction with the dog by reading to it. The child and the dog relax together and the child gets practice reading. Many libraries have set up these programs. To learn more go to: http://www.librarydogs.com
Thirty-three third grade students who improved their reading skills by reading to a therapy dog in Dogs Educating and Assisting Readers, graduate from the program. Held at the HCLS East Columbia branch on 3/23/13.
The program is partnership between Fidos for Freedom, A+ Partners in Education, county libraries and schools.
Children from a school in Hamilton, Montana are bringing comfort to animals at their local shelter by reading to them.
“Once a week, students from the Keystone to Discovery Enrichment program, a nonprofit summer and after-school project for behaviorally or academically at-risk youth, head to Bitter Root Humane Association to read to shelter animals that are waiting for adoption. The program not only gives the kids a chance to work on their reading skills, but also helps soothe the animals” (from Huffington Post)
In this instance the children and the animals receive benefits from the reading program.