Our TALES of JOY R.E.A.D.® Program began in several Rio Rancho Public Elementary schools in January 2006 with our pilot program for the second semester and has continued each school year since with wonderful success! We continue to grow, learn and supply teacher selected students with the individual reading attention required to improve their reading skills.
“When a R.E.A.D. dog is listening, the environment is transformed, a child’s dread is replaced by eager anticipation, and learning occurs. The handler is a skilled facilitator, too – shifting performance pressure off the child and providing support, while the child gets the supervised reading practice necessary to build vocabulary, increase understanding of the material, and gain fluency as a reader.” (from the R.E.A.D. brochure)
In addition to the improvement in reading skills, each child grows in confidence, social and speaking skills and gains a sense of personal accomplishment. Children look forward to reading, look forward to the attention and time spent with “their” R.E.A.D.® Dog!
The TALES of JOY R.E.A.D.® Program collects data each year to document our program and the benefits to the students. Reading scores are collected beginning, middle and end of year to see the progress of the students. In addition the teachers complete a Teacher Survey and parents are asked to complete a Parent comment form. All data is compiled into a Data report which is presented to the Superintendent of Rio Rancho Public Schools and also sent to the home office of Intermountain Therapy Animals.
Take a moment and click on the links below to view our Data reports. The benefits to our students is “pawsitively” wonderful!