On World Book Day we wondered, have you ever heard of Bark and Read?
It’s an initiative that is being overseen by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust where dogs are increasingly being used in schools to help improve children’s literacy.
We all know from our own dogs that they can help reduce stress, but now researchers have proved a link between stress and poor learning habits so the dogs are being taken into classrooms to help reduce stress and increase the children’s ability to learn key skills.
The idea is simple – instead of a teacher reading to the children, the children reads aloud to a dog. The dog may sit by the child’s chair or even on their lap, whichever is comfortable but most importantly the child has a completely uncritical audience.
If you would like to know more, here is a link to the Kennel Club