Books At The Barn
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Horses, children, literacy.... all of these are near and dear to our hearts here at TR 4 HAS. We are excited to launch a new program for beginning readers or those looking for a little extra help.
How can horses help with reading?
Phonemic awareness, phonics, and reading comprehension skills all improve with a multi sensory approach. Taking one step in the barn will activate your sight, smell, and touch! Maintaining balance on a horse requires 3 distinct sensory system inputs:
Riding and reading is an opportunity to engage both right and Left parts of the brain! Riding while practicing reading strategies provides the needed scaffolding for beginning/struggling readers, as our riders practice a learned concept it reduces the multi-sensory needs until the rider/student can rely solely on visual.
When you combine activities that require movement, talking, and listening, it activates multiple areas of the brain. "The more parts of your brain you use, the more likely you are to retain information," says Judy Dodge, author of 25 Quick Formative Assessments for a Differentiated Classroom (Scholastic, 2009). "If you're only listening, you're only activating one part of the brain," she says, "but if you're drawing and explaining to a peer, then you're making connections in the brain."
Each session is limited to 16 students
Contact Katie @ 701-367-6136