Kids Who Read to Dogs Maintain Reading Skills
Researchers at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University say second-grade students who read aloud to a dog during the summer seem to maintain their reading skills.
The study involved students with a range of reading aptitudes and attitudes toward reading, who were paired with dogs -- or with people -- and asked to read aloud to them once a week for 30 minutes in the summer, the researchers say.
Lisa Freeman, one of the study's authors and the research mentor for lead author Dawn Lenihan, a third-year veterinary student, says by the end of the summer, the students who read to the dogs experienced a slight gain in their reading ability and improvement in their attitudes toward reading -- measured on the Curriculum-Based Measurement and Elementary Reading Attitude Survey. Those who read to people experienced a decrease on both measures, the study says.
I found this so interesting that I started looking at more articles on this subject. Some libraries even have programs where kids can read to dogs. Seems even the most reluctant readers are happy to read to a dog! So, wouldn't it make sense to do this all year round?
As a child I hated to read, especially out loud because I was so shy. I think if I had done this as a child I would have found my love for reading a lot earlier! Now you just need to train your dog to sit, stay and listen!