Do you want to read to a H.E.A.R.T.S. (Help Encourage All Readers To Succeed) Karma Dog? Call your Baltimore County Library and tell them you want the Karma Dogs!
How can Karma Dogs help your child learn to read? Dogs can't read! Dogs also don't judge
and criticize young readers when they make mistakes, which can often unintentionally
cause them to become discouraged readers. When a child is more confident, they can
learn more easily and are comfortable asking questions. Since dogs don't laugh or put
pressure on a child the way their peers might, children are able to increase their
vocabulary and become better readers in a safe and comfortable environment. Children
become eager to read to the dogs and can't wait for the next visit. Similar programs are
starting all over the country and are seeing successful results.
H.E.A.R.T.S. sessions work best for children who can read or are learning to read, and
are usually in grades 1-5. To get the most out of the program, Karma Dogs recommends
that children attend a session weekly for the duration of the program.
These visits can take place at the school, a local library, an after school program or just
about anywhere. If you are interested in starting a H.E.A.R.T.S. Program at your school,
please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.