to help children from 5 to 12 years old who struggle with reading and may also lack confidence and self esteem
Offered via schools and delivered on a one to one basis for the duration of a school term
The programme provides a child with an opportunity to improve their reading away from peer pressure with the help of our non-judgemental registered dogs known as "Book Buddies"
- Be Bookwise was launched by Caring Canines in March 2009
- "Book Buddies" provide each child with the incentive, motivation and reward to read.
- End of term tests namely The Salford Test and Neale Analysis prove the degree of progress in the reading skills of each child
- Reports from parents and teachers indicate any improvement in a child`s social skills and confidence is an added benefit
Quotes from schools
We are delighted to be involved with the Caring Canines Be Bookwise programme and witness the children`s progress
We are convinced that reading to the dogs has motivated the children and we are keen to continue working with Caring Canines
There has been a noticeable increase in the childrens`confidence and communication skills and they are more positive about reading
from one little girl "I like reading to my Book Buddy - it helped me to get to my class reading level"