Hello! My name is Sammy. I live on the Gold Coast with my wife and kids. For many years, I wasn't very happy. I was working in a job which gave me very little pleasure. This was because it was an entry-level job at a fast-food joint. I knew I needed to make a change, but I had no idea what that change was until I got talking to my brother-in-law. He suggested that I sign up at a local adult education college so I could improve my education and develop new skills. I did just that and now I am the manager of a restaurant. I hope you like this blog and that it inspires you to develop your skills.
Of all the skills necessary to become a functioning and productive adult, literacy must be at the top of the list. For those who have enjoyed a successful education, this may seem to be second nature, but it's not necessarily as easy for some children growing up in this day and age. Many youngsters face a troubling childhood for a variety of reasons and find it difficult to apply any concentration in the schoolroom and, consequently, may fall behind when it comes to the crucial art of reading. While this has serious ramifications for these youngsters, there may be light at the end of the tunnel due to revolutionary programs finding their way into Australian schools. These programs involve a four-legged friend, who may just be the best kind of teacher in this situation. What is involved?
Man's Best Teacher?
Dogs are very familiar in homes across the country, and many breeds are particularly good at bonding with young people. This has not gone unnoticed and has prompted people to develop programs that help in the learning sphere.
Dogs Make Better Friends
Some children may find a classroom environment to be daunting, especially when they are in front of their peers. It's unfortunate that some kids can be abrasive to others and can make fun of them if they are slow to pick something up. This can make it even harder for the afflicted child to learn how to read, until, that is, this four-legged 'teacher' arrives.
These dogs are specially trained so that they can interact with youngsters in the classroom environment and be with them while they learn how to read. They are trained in basic obedience skills and have a very predictable, loving temperament. They sit next to each child as the youngster pretends to teach the dog how to read, as the animal is very attentive and engaged.
How It Works
At the beginning of the session, the child can pick out their book from a shelf or can even allow the dog to do so by indicating a particular novel with its nose. They will then both retreat to a corner where they will lie down together and proceed. The child believes that they are educating the dog, but they are benefiting directly and can make great progress in this type of accommodating and safe environment.
Educators think that this approach is very beneficial and that each child makes a lot more progress than they would otherwise. They are hoping to roll out these programs into schools across the country but do need support in order to achieve this.
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