Reading with Kirby

Monday, November 11th 2019

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Every Monday

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

There are studies that show the beneficial aspects of children reading to dogs, including: • Increased motivation to read independently • Increased self-confidence and self-esteem • Increased sense of support • Reduction of stress/anxiety

Kirby is a certified therapy dog, a loving white Westie who helps turn the reading environment into a non-threatening place where children can read just for the fun of it! There is no risk of embarrassment when words are mispronounced, when reading is accomplished at a slow speed or if he/she does not comprehend the exact meaning of sentences.

Kids are more excited about reading because reading to a dog is more fun! And in addition to increased reading fluency, kids may also show: • Improved self-confidence and self-esteem • A sense of pride in their accomplishments • Involvement in other school activities • A gentler, more respectful interaction with animals • Confidence to read aloud in class • A desire to check out books from the library and ask the librarian about books.

By appointment only, please call Miss Jan 717-653-1510.