LSC guests practice their reading skills by reading to dogs

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What’s the paw-fect way to practice your reading skills? Reading aloud to dogs, of course!

On Monday, April 8, during LSC’s Young Learner Day, we invited kids to read stories aloud to certified therapy dogs from Creature Comfort Pet Therapy in Morris Plains.

Studies show that kids who read aloud to dogs are more motivated to read, and have lower anxiety about reading.

On this day, kids stopped by and read stories to our three furry, adorable, and nonjudgmental guests: Motzi, Sadie, and Murphy. Some of the stories included Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, Goodnight Moon, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

According to LSC Exhibition Leader Amanda Montalbano, being around dogs is a great way to help young learners feel comfortable doing an activity they might not typically feel comfortable doing.

“This is a great way to help kids get excited about reading,” said Montalbano. “The dogs gives them an added incentive to want to read and participate.”

Parent Denise Ramjohn said this was the perfect opportunity to help her first grade daughter work on her reading skills.

“I was looking for ways to encourage her to read more and to spark that love of reading in her,” said Ramjohn. “She loves dogs and we have a dog at home, so I thought this would be a good way to get her interested in reading more.

“We love coming to Liberty Science Center to begin with, and something like this only adds to the experience.”

Our canine friends would like to give a big “thank you!” for all the stories, pets, and snacks they received today.

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