A program to give P.A.W.S.: HMNS Sugar Land brings animal audiences to new readers

There are few things more important — or more anxiety inducing — for a child than learning to read. Sounding out and stumbling over worlds can be awkward and a little embarrassing, and adults and authority figures can compound the apprehension for little people learning to love words.

One service animal organization recognized this, and developed a program to introduce therapy animals to young readers.

PAWS Reading Program

The P.A.W.S. Reading Program [Pets Are Worth Sharing] pairs non-judgmental animal audiences with children of all ages and reading abilities as they build confidence and, hopefully, develop a love of books not obstructed by reading anxiety.

PAWS Reading Program

Each Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m., kids are welcome to pair up or read in groups with these sweet therapy dogs. They’re great listeners, though they do have a tendency to cuddle.

PAWS Reading Program

PAWS Reading Program

Science Doesn’t Sleep (4.29.08)

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I’ve got my giant, soccer-
ball-sized eye on you.
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So here’s what went down since you logged off.

Flava Flav might be smarter than you think. A new study shows that people who can keep a beat score higher in intelligence tests. Of course, none of us are all that smart.

Do you suffer from biobigotry?

Not something I’d like to find in my freezer - Scientists in New Zealand are thawing the corpse of a 1,089 pound, 26-foot giant squid (the largest ever caught) to learn more about how it lived.

Meet your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great…Geneticists have linked a 300 year old aboriginal man found in a glacier to 17 living people. (Via Slashdot.)

You look so much like your mother! “The world’s first cloned horse has given birth to a healthy foal.”

Do people actually learn anything at museums? USA Today has an interesting feature on science museums’ efforts to increase science literacy. (Via Science Buzz.) By the way, what’s the last thing you learned at a museum? Do share.