Happiest of birthdays to Story Dogs group
READING has always been one of my greatest passions, so anything that encourages young people to share my passion catches my interest.
When I heard about Story Dogs, an organisation putting dogs into schools to help children with their reading skills, I was amazed.
While I was blessed with finding reading easy and always had confidence to read out loud, I can absolutely appreciate that it’s not a skill that comes naturally to everyone.
I certainly wasn’t good at every subject in school, so I do clearly recall the vague feeling of terror when a teacher calls on you to do something in front of the class you’re not entirely comfortable with.
As soon as I heard about Story Dogs I could imagine how much easier it would be for a child trying to build their confidence to have a completely non-judgemental audience that doesn’t correct them or break their reading flow.
Even the act of running fingers through a dog’s fur as you get engrossed in a story would keep emotions calm and prevent the fear centres in the brain from activating and preventing learning.
We’re so fortunate to have Story Dogs in Dalby now.
Happy ninth birthday, Story Dogs.