Sprite loves reading. She reads very fast and with excellent comprehension when she reads silently.
But reading aloud is a different matter. Sprite lacks confidence when it comes to reading aloud.
She is afraid she will lose the place and miss words or jump from one line to the next.
And the more anxious she becomes the more likely she is to make mistakes.
Whenever Sprite reads the Overexcitable Dabrowski dogs gather round to read with her. See Sharing the news with the Dabrowski dogs https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/sharing-the-news-with-the-dabrowski-dogs/
Sprite feels comfortable reading aloud to the Dabrowski dogs and was not surprised to learn that many libraries and schools have Reading to Dogs programs.
You can read about them at
Reading to dogs http://readingtodogs.weebly.com/index.html
Read to me dogs http://readingtodogs.weebly.com/successful-programs.html
Dogs in Libraries http://www.librarydogs.com/
In Australia we have Reading Labs http://www.assistancedogs.org.au/Reading-Labs.php
and Storydogs http://www.storydogs.org.au/
Sprite suggested that the Dabrowski dogs should volunteer to be trained to be Read to Me Dogs.
She read to them an interview with Sophie, a literary assistance dog, at http://www.canadasguidetodogs.com/dogjobs/therapy8.htm
However, only three of them were accepted into the program.
Sensual was considered unsuitable because of his habit of scratching and Psycho Motor could not sit still long enough to listen to a whole story.
Emotional and Imaginational completed their training very quickly and began work in local libraries and schools.
Emotional was a natural. With her empathy and warmth she was able to make children feel comfortable and confident.
Imaginational enjoyed helping the readers to see the pictures described in the stories and to predict what might happen next. And he is so gentle and quiet (and so very cute and lamb-like) that children love reading to him.
Everyone thought that Intellectual would be an ideal Reading Assistance Dog.
But, as it turns out; he still needs more training and more practice with Sprite.
This is because Intellectual can be quite pedantic, he loves to debate issues forcibly and his intellect can be intimidating at times.
He assumed that it would be his duty to actually teach the students and instead of listening patiently he was interrupting and correcting mistakes.