READ Fur Me - Learning to read is often less about intellectual limitation than about overcoming fears. Animals are ideal reading companions because they:
When a dog is listening, the environment is transformed, a child's dread is replaced by eager anticipation, and learning occurs. The handler shifts performance pressure off the child and provides support, while the child gets supervised reading practice necessary to build vocabulary, increase understanding of the material, and gain fluency as a reader.
We know of a dog who loves to come to the library and listen to people read. So if your child would like to read to him give us a call at 574-896-2841 and we can schedule an appointment. As part of the READ program we will keep track of each twenty minute session. After ten sessions the child can choose something from the goodie drawer; and after twenty sessions they get a special gift.
The fun began at 4 p.m. at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library when through our front doors there came costumed characters from favorite story books and films: Captain America, Scooby-Doo, Disney Princesses, a Fireman, a Clown, a Dinosaur, and a Teddy Bear to name a few.
Down to the children’s room they went to hear a Halloween story or two, have some fun, and when that was over they toured the corners of the library receiving treats along the way.
Then Ms. Kelsie and Ms. Donna gathered everyone together to give their parents, and us, a photo op to preserve the memory for the future. All in all, everyone seemed to have a great time.
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