Here at Kindergo HQ we’ve been doing a lot of research about reading and pets for the recent release of our new island, Pet Island! Recent studies have shown that using a loving, companion whether it be furry, scaly or feathered, as a reading partner can be super beneficial to a child’s reading ability.
We took this research and did something with it. So… Drumroll please…
Kindergo is excited to announce that we have partnered with RSPCA Queensland to offer a unique reading experience through our “Reading to Shelter Pets Program.” This program, running for the month of November, will give school children in Prep to Year 2, the fantastic opportunity to read to shelter dogs, cats, puppies & kittens at the RSPCA’s Wacol Shelter.
Using our interactive digital book library, Kindergo is giving kids the opportunity to create magical reading moments with their animal companions. Here are 4 reasons why creating experiences like this can be beneficial for beginner readers;
- Reading to pets boosts confidence – through the roof. Reluctant readers will find plenty to love in having a silent, non-judgemental animal audience. Making mistakes will no longer be a worry, and kids will grow their confidence in a calm environment, where they don’t feel the pressure to be a perfect reader.
- Reading skill levels will skyrocket. The less afraid kids are to make mistakes in front of their furry friends, the more opportunities they’ll have to take their reading skills to the next level.
- Grow stronger connections between kids and animals. Giving kids this 1-on-1 time with their pets will help create a special bond, develop a child’s empathy and teach kids how to behave appropriately around animals.
- Puppies + kids + reading = cuteness overload. There’s just no denying it.
Unfortunately, the program is already underway, so we are unable to accept new applicants at this time. However! You can still jump into Kindergo’s new Pet Island and share some magical reading moments with your little readers and furry friends at home! Take a photo of these moments, share it on Facebook or Instagram with #kindergopets, and spread the cuteness!
If you’d like more information on the ‘Reading to Shelter Pets Program’, you can find it here; http://www.kindergokids.com/reading-to-shelter-pets/