1st Graders Reading with Therapy Dogs

1st graders were more than willing to show off their reading skills during specials this week! Students sat in small groups and each took turns petting the dogs as they read aloud from their book boxes.  This program allows for students to practice the skill of reading, build self-esteem, and associate reading with something pleasant.

Ms. Briedwell, Primary and Intermediate library media specialist, has arranged for Therapy Dogs International to visit the library the past 5 years. This month, 5 volunteers and 6 therapy dogs took turns listening to the students read.  Emmy Lu celebrated her 950th turn listening to students on Wednesday, while Ebenezer had just graduated from the training program his 2nd ever therapy visit!

Throughout the year, each 1st grade classroom will have the opportunity to read with their furry friends. Kindergarten students look forward to the end of the year, when they have the chance to visit and show off their newly acquired reading skills, too!