Purrfect practice

The Book Buddies reading program lets kids read to cats to help them practice reading out loud.

A new program aimed at helping young readers become more confident reading aloud has been implemented in the animal shelter, Berks County Rescue League in Pennsylvania. 

Book Buddies involves students in grades one to eight practising their verbal reading skills on the shelter’s cats, who are up for adoption. The premise is that many children struggle when learning to read in front of other children, so the program offers them a safe place to practice without fear of judgement.

A spokesperson for shelter says, "The program will help children improve their reading skills while also helping the shelter animals.” The cats appreciate the attention and apparently find the rhythmic sound of the children’s voices soothing, according to a staff member.

The program was launched by Animal Rescue League’s program coordinator, Kristi Rodriquez. Her son Sean had trouble reading out loud, so she brought him in the shelter so he could read to cats. When he asked to come back, Kristi knew that other children would also like to take part.

In addition to children acquiring stronger reading skills, we’re sure that many lucky felines have acquired new homes. A happy experience for all. 

Photos of children reading to cats.





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    nan
    17th Sep 2014
    10:48am
    If no one is listening, how do the children know if they are reading the words correctly.
    Tinkerbell
    17th Sep 2014
    10:53am
    It is not about purr-fection nan, it is about building confidence.
    Precious 1
    26th Oct 2014
    3:09pm
    I think Its all about raising the interest, habit and necessity and being a larger part of education.....many here adults cannot read and write cos either people made fun of them or never encouraged and left to their own devices cos parents are non compis mentis...drugs etc etc....I knew a lady couldn't go outside her house alone and feared to tell me why...when she gained my trust she told me she had come from Ireland and was in a caravan living and travelling around the countryside all the time...she couldn't spell words, read words and imagine living like that poor thing....
    Tinkerbell
    17th Sep 2014
    10:51am
    What a great idea.. I am sure it would be a good thing to set up here in Australia.
    Precious 1
    26th Oct 2014
    3:10pm
    Yes Yes
    biddi
    17th Sep 2014
    12:15pm
    This is just wonderful, a win-win for all. Ohhhh, that gorgeous, big, ginger cat :)
    There are cat cafes, too, so hope this idea takes off in Oz.
    Precious 1
    26th Oct 2014
    3:28pm
    Love the sound of cat cafes meow loxxxxx gets better and better now at least cats will become a necessity maybe especially if kept puuuuurrrrrfec xx
    Mar
    17th Sep 2014
    12:21pm
    Fantastic. Thinking outside the square.
    Polly Esther
    17th Sep 2014
    12:36pm
    stop yanking my lariat. This has to be in the good old US of A.
    Precious 1
    26th Oct 2014
    3:29pm
    Not necessarily The F D......b ut may have started that idea for us to follow
    Precious 1
    26th Oct 2014
    3:28pm
    I love the large ginger ones often Toms xx


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