What Teachers Are Saying
“We loved, loved, loved the Tricky Trouble Words and the BoneWork! This program made my students eager to read more and to reach a goal that was tangible and rewarding. It’s hard to attribute success to just one item, but this program certainly contributed to gains in word skills and vocabulary (not to mention care and love of pets and animals). I highly recommend this reading program to get kids excited and eager about reading and learning, and to help students learn to figure out unknown words.”
– Carla Culbertson, Cabot Yerxa Elementary
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“The moment my eyes met one of the adorable stuffed animals, I knew my class would love the program. At first I thought this might be the only thing they would love about the program, but I was wrong. The children could not wait to hear the story of the week, discuss the lesson learned, and work on our Brilliant Boards. A child’s education should include great memories and experiences, and I know they will recall ‘How Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed’ with great fondness. I am so glad we participated. – Diana Whitcomb, Sunny Sands Elementary
“Yes! I endorse this program! The students were more excited about reading because of the presence of the stuffed animal. The kids learned how to take care of and show love for their pet. The loved posting their Tricky Trouble Words onto their Doggone Brilliant board. They could actually view their progress just by counting all the new words they posted on their boards!” – Richard Gross, Bubbling Wells Elementary
“I just wanted to say thank you. My students had an amazing experience, and many learned lots of words. Such a great program!” – Flori Trinidad, Cabot Yerxa Elementary
“I would definitely encourage other teachers to use this program. You (Dr. Lori) are a great and effective endorsement! Very professional and with-it but at the same time, I felt you were at our level, as a teacher. Very positive and dedicated to what you created. But flexible – very important! You felt comfortable with our suggestions and ways we tweaked the program/lessons.” – Len Bench, Rio Vista Elementary
“How Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed In the Classroom is an innovative program that brings joy to students. My students absolutely loved reading with their stuffed dogs. The dogs motivated the students to increase their reading stamina. The students couldn’t get enough reading time! The Tricky Trouble Words strategy encouraged my students to choose books that were slightly over their reading levels so they were able to learn new words. The children loved being able to add their new words to their ‘I’m Doggone Brilliant’ boards. How Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed In the Classroom is a fantastic program to help students’ improve their reading skills. My students and I were blessed to be part of the program!” – Kathleen Yearwood, Rio Vista Elementary
“We loved, loved, loved the Tricky Trouble Words and the BoneWork! This program made my students eager to read more and to reach a goal that was tangible and rewarding. It’s hard to attribute success to just one item, but this program certainly contributed to gains in word skills and vocabulary (not to mention care and love of pets and animals). I highly recommend this reading program to get kids excited and eager about reading and learning, and to help students learn to figure out unknown words.” – Carla Culbertson, Cabot Yerxa Elementary
“Reading is such a struggle for all of my students, I always look for new ways to inspire them. As a Special Ed. teacher it’s hard for me to watch so many of them get discouraged. This program gave them confidence and they learned to take control of their own learning. I definitely will be teaching this program again next year. The students really enjoyed it! – Jennifer Andrews, Amelia Earhart Elementary
“This program helped my students to learn how to be safe around dogs, how to “talk dog” and read a dog’s body language, and helped them to develop deepened empathy and compassion for dogs and other animals. My students cried, teared up, and were very emotional when reading several books in the program and during following discussions. This program has been a positive learning experience for my students.”- Shannon Covel, Sunny Sands Elementary
“This is a fun, interactive reading program. My students were eager to read with their dogs daily. They were also excited to learn new Tricky Trouble Words!” – Stephanie Steen, SDC Teacher, Romoland Elementary
“This program is full of fun, interactive activities. Students enjoyed listening to the books with their stuffed animal. This program encouraged my students to read.” – Jessica Moreales, Romoland Elementary
“All I can say is ‘I LOVE this program!’ It teaches skills for reading in a very fun, engaging way. The stuffed dogs are adorable and became buddies to many of my students. Reading with their buddy became a special treat. The students started competitions to see who could learn the most Tricky Trouble Words each week. I would highly recommend this program to any teacher who wants his or her students to develop a love of reading and a better understanding of animals.” – Sue-Ann Durham, Hoffer Elementary
“I highly recommend the reading program, ‘How Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed In the Classroom’ for second grade students. This program was fun and motivational for students while at the same time teaches many reading skills and effective strategies to improve their decoding and comprehension skills. The program also provides helpful hand-outs for parents to assist students as they apply reading strategies during their at-home reading [BoneWork] assignments. The best thing about the program is the amount of enthusiasm and excitement for reading that every single student shared.” – Teresa Jacobson, Rio Vista Elementary
“I would absolutely recommend this program to other teachers and schools. I believe this program helped develop the whole child and benefit all beings. My students were engaged, excited, and motivated to read. Long after the program ended, our dogs are still coming to visit at school and read with the kids. I love this program and cannot wait to do it again! – Michelle McMullen, Rio Vista Elementary
“How Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed In the Classroom has been a positive experience for all of my students. They were extremely motivated to read in class with their stuffed dogs as well as at home with their real dogs or stuffed animals. This program also taught my students to use/practice word and comprehension strategies at home. My students learned so many ‘Tricky Trouble Words’ while reading at home. The best part of the program was watching my students grow into confident readers.” – Angela Sugg, Rio Vista Elementary
“Dr. Lori and the ‘How Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed in the Classroom’ program was a motivation boost for our students!” – Margarita Duran, Romoland Elementary
“I love this program. I love how the children are inspired to share a book with their special friend, the dog. I enjoy reading the selected books with my students, and even find myself tearing up during a few. This program not only helps children read and learn vocabulary, but it also gives them a wonderful memory of their 2nd grade year. Thank you, Dr. Lori!” – Diana Whitcomb, Sunny Sands Elementary
"This is the program I've been looking for!"
As a veteran teacher, I have been searching for a program that encompasses reading skills, teacher and parent support, and a curriculum firmly planted in research. “How Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed in the Classroom” is this program. Students learn to set goals, the importance of animal welfare, and how to set goals in reading. This program is the one I’ve been looking for.
– Amanda Cloutier, Lead Teacher, Bubbling Wells Elementary "This is the program I've been looking for!"