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Welcome to my blog!I'm a teacher in a beautiful, small, rural town. I moved here a few years ago, but I have taught over 20 years in this same small town that is now my home. My experience is in teaching second, third, and fourth grades with one year in sixth grade. I am always reading, learning, and reflecting on what goes on in my classroom. I love the work that I do with the parents, my fellow teachers, and most all-my students.I hope you will enjoy reading my blog.
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Read Alouds: Gone to The DOGS

I love reading, and of course, I love my dogs. I have known some kind, patient old souls who are of the four-legged variety, but the first and best example would be  our  beloved old Max,  my Daddy’s German Shorthaired Pointer, who let so many little children ride him, rough-house, and play with him. When Max was being “loved on,” his  big brown eyes would shine so brightly and that little nub of a tail would wag like it was on by a motor.  He was the most patient, sweet-natured, and kind dog  I’ve ever seen -hands down.

I thought of our old Max when I saw that  therapy dogs were being used to help kids read. I can see Max doing something like this. Max would have been a natural!

Here are several ways that dogs are being used in libraries across the country to help children in learning to read beginning with a story from ABC News.

Good Morning America

Therapy dogs are used in the READ program in Salt Lake City.

The READ Program

And in New York, both the dogs and the kids in this library share something in common: They both live in shelters.

CBS News

You can read more about a similar program using dogs to promote literacy at TALES FOR PAWS.Red heart

And here are some great books to read aloud to your own dog. I am sure our old Max would approve.Smile

Get a tissue for this one by one of my favorite authors, Cynthia Rylant.



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