Heaven Can Wait - Equine Sanctuary for Healing and Learning
Practice Reading with the Word HerdAdvisory Committee: Christina Reid, M.Ed., John Gange, B.A., Autism Specialist, Robin Bradley, M.Ed.
Join the Word Herd! Come to Heaven Can Wait every Thursday, or every other Saturday, and practice reading aloud to our horses and donkeys.
Horses and donkeys like the sound of the human voice. They find calmly spoken words to be very soothing. In return for being read to, they offer non-judgmental companionship while you practice your reading, writing, or even your public speaking skills.
The Word Herd is a FREE program designed to help everyone of any age improve reading and writing skills. All of our horses and donkeys have been rescued from neglect and abuse. Some of them have been saved from life-threatening starvation and injuries. They are now safe at Heaven Can Wait, living out their lives in comfort and safety. Helping people practice reading and writing skills is one way they are paying back the community that has helped save them.
Why Read to Horses?
All over the United States, people are reading to dogs in programs very similar to The Word Herd. There are even a couple of other reading programs using horses.
People who read at Heaven Can Wait
A 2010 study by researchers at the University of California, Davis confirmed that students who read out loud to dogs improved their reading skills by 30% over the course of a 10-week program. Children in the same program who didn't read to dogs showed no improvement.
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How does it work?
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Why the Word Herd?
Illiteracy has been, and remains, a huge social issue that affects the quality of life for a large percentage of the national and local population. The number of entry-level college students who lack rudimentary reading and comprehension skills has climbed over the past several years. A common complaint among employers is the inability of young employees to read simple instructions, write coherently, and think critically.
The state of the economy in the past several years has resulted in too many cuts to basic education, which has only contributed to the downward literacy spiral.
Cuts in classroom budgets and larger class sizes are making it more and more difficult for teachers to focus on the basic three R's. Remedial programs are being cut, and the economy has made it next to impossible for parents to afford private tutoring to make sure their children have the basics.
The Word Herd, guided by our advisory committee offers an alternative to the classroom for improving reading skills. The Word Herd Advisory Committee is made up of educational professionals with a wide range of credentials and classroom experience that includes Special Needs, English as a Second Language, and Early Childhood Education.
Literacy statistics for San Luis Obispo County
Contact us today to set up a date and time for a 25 minute reading session with a horse for your child. One child, one horse, one caring volunteer, one love of reading.
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Horses are beautiful and noble creatures, much beloved of many children. We extend an invitation to parents to take advantage of a uniquely effective reading improvement program. So simple, yet such great results.