Story Dogs has come to Victoria! Black Lab, Jonty, and Golden Retriever, Izzy, now visit Sandringham East Primary School in Melbourne’s bayside area as part of a trial literacy program with students from Grades 1 and 2.
Story Dogs is a reading support program where children read to an accredited dog and its owner. It is based on a very successful American literacy program, and already operates in over 30 schools in Queensland and NSW. Reading sessions take place in a quiet areas of the school and are approximately 20 minutes long, with each child reading one-to-one with the dog team.
The non-judgemental, loving nature of dogs gives this program its magic, and dramatic results have been recorded. Sandringham East hopes to expand the program into all Grade 2 and 3 classes next year, so if you know of anyone with a well behaved dog and a few hours to spare each week, please let me know on 0407 171 207 or contact www.storydogs.org.au.