PAWS for Reading

PAWS for Reading

PAWS for Reading will have reading teams on-site to offer children the opportunity to read aloud to a well-trained therapy dog in order to improve their reading and communication skills.

PAWS will give attendees 10-15 minutes of individualized reading time with a highly-trained therapy team. After the session, the reader is given an incentive such as a bookmark, a sticker, a pet calling card for a job well done! Kids will also have an opportunity to sign the pet’s ‘paw-to-graph’ book and are encouraged to continue to read at home.

A PAWS volunteer helps facilitate the session by providing support. They can act as the ‘interpreter’ for the pet. Volunteers encourage readers with expressions such as, “Rover didn’t understand what that word meant. Can you help him?” or “Frisky really loves the way you read to him!” The volunteers are not there to mentor or tutor, but rather to offer a supportive, fun reading experience!

Reading to a therapy animal is fun and unique, and allows children to become the teacher rather than the center of unwanted attention. Reading loses its stigma and becomes an enjoyable activity – and that improves reading skills, achievement, and literacy!

The event will take place on Tuesday, July 10th, beginning at 9 AM. The sessions are free and open to the public; no prior registration is required.

Event date: 
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 9:00am
Event address: 
133 Rehoboth Ave.
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971