Back in July, the Ian Mavor Foundation begun sponsoring 'Piper The Story Dog'. Piper is a local Story Dog helping struggling children become lifelong readers.
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.
Piper is absolutely amazing with the children.
Children love reading to the dogs and the dogs lap up the attention. One teacher gets down on the floor and plays with the dogs, the children just watch in awe.
The psychological effect is beyond words as is the effect that the dogs have too. And yes, their reading does improve as the dogs are fantastic listeners!
Cheers Jim and Wendy Bisset, Xavier and Piper.