Our Reading Dog, albert
Many adults are apprehensive about speaking in public and children are no different. Research shows that some children can become nervous and stressed when reading to others in a group or wider audience. Albert has visited Year 1 children at The Russell School since September 2017. Albert belongs to the Site Manager, Mr Bailey and his presence has made a dramatic impact on some of the children who either lack confidence or are reluctant readers. Children look forward to reading with Albert each week and he has definitely enhanced the confidence of many children in their ability to read and understand texts.
Mr Bailey has been extremely pleased with the impact that Albert has had. ‘We both enjoy listening to the children read and seeing their confidence grow.’
Albert’s presence in school has even inspired some families to get their own pet dogs! Albert has just become a father of four puppies, one of which will continue to live with Mr Bailey. Teddy will no doubt soon be a reading dog at The Russell School, once he is old enough.