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Meet LULU the STORY DOG

By April 3, 2019 No Comments

Cairns Taxis in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Cairns are sponsoring Lulu the STORY DOG.

This is a Literacy Program for All of Australia.

The Mission

To make reading fun for children, so they become confident lifelong readers.  No child should be left behind in literacy.

The Magic!

When children read to a dog, the outcomes are amazing! It is a non-judgemental setting, the children’s focus improves, their literacy skills increase and their confidence soars. The accepting, loving nature of dogs gives this program its magic and helps children relax, open up, try harder and have fun while reading to a friendly, calm dog.

Story Dogs facts – They help over 2200 children each week. There are 440 current volunteer Dog Teams. They partner with 258 schools in NSW, QLD, VIC, TAS, WA, SA and ACT.
They have 280 Dog Teams fully sponsored; this is only 63%.

Learning to read is often less about intellectual limitation than about overcoming fears. “Fear can destroy intelligence,” says educator William Ayers. Animals are ideal reading companions because they promote relaxation and lower blood pressure, do not judge, laugh or criticise and allow children to proceed at their own pace.

About STORY DOGS.

Story Dogs is based on the successful American literacy program, Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.). The R.E.A.D program was launched in 1999 in Utah, USA, as the first comprehensive literacy program built around the appealing idea of children and young adolescents reading to dogs.

 
Reading sessions take place in a quiet area of the school grounds, such as the library or outside the classroom. A reading session is approximately 20 minutes long, where each child is one-on-one with the dog team. Books are chosen to suit the student´s reading level. 
During the session, the handler often speaks through the dog, such as; “Sam doesn’t understand what is happening on this page, could you help him out?” The child becomes the teacher as they help the dog understand, and their confidence soars.
Our volunteers come with fun, interesting books that are specifically chosen for beginner readers. The students also have input into what they read. We encourage the students to write letters to the dogs between reading sessions, further encouraging literacy skills.