Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Pets Can Boost Children's Reading Skills. Patio door.

"Can reading to a dog raise children's reading levels? According to studies on the subject a young student's reading scores can advance significantly – two to four grade levels – by reading to a dog for just 20 minutes a week throughout the school year (40 weeks).

dogs and kids' reading skills
The American Library Association estimates that there are 27 million functionally illiterate adults in the United States. The national "America Reads'' program notes that 40 percent of fourth graders read below their grade level, and that children who don't master reading by the third grade risk falling further behind.

Children who read to pets have less absenteeism, visit the library more often, and improve their grades on report cards. Also, children with low self-esteem are often more willing to interact with an animal than with another person. Pets can also teach children empathy and compassion.

 "When children were asked to read aloud under three conditions (to a peer, to an adult, and to a therapy dog), the presence of a therapy dog reduced children's blood pressure and heart rate to normal levels and diminished other observable signs of anxiety," Renck Jalongo said. "Working with animals is remarkably effective with students who have attentional difficulties, disruptive behaviors, or a general lack of interest in reading."
More at:  http://www.everydayhealth.com/pet-health/dogs-boost-kids-reading-skills.aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHealthPetHealth_20100


Door frame-1
Ray, Jay and I fought the old patio door to get it out.  We had to take the white vinyl trim off, all the way around, and then loosen the blue vinyl siding.  Then we could get to the nails that held the door flange. 
My late DH had installed that door, and he always put roofing nails on the edge of the flange, not through the flange.  That helped a lot.

It was hot and humid, so thank goodness we were in the shade under the carport that is in front of the guest house. 
We finally got the new door in, but had to put some builder's shims under the right side of the threshold to make it square and plumb.
Then Ray had to put the door lock off the old door on it, so it would lock with a key, and that was fiddly to get it just right.

The vinyl siding and trim needs to be re-installed, but by 2.00 PM we had all had enough for today.

1 comment:

Gypsy said...

What a great idea to read to a pet.