Horse Powered Reading® integrates social-emotional learning with academics; thus allowing students see and experience reading with their entire mind, body and emotions by creating metaphors for the skills involved in reading.
Students interact with horses from the ground, while using toys and props to identify obstacles and learn five critical reading skills - phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension
* Session goals vary depending upon the needs of the individual or group
Storytime with Horses
and other wonderful animals
Animals, especially horses have a calming presence. They are regularly used in therapeutic settings, of all types. Physical, emotional and mental health settings have therapy horse visits or sessions on a regular basis. Studies have proven these animals of wonder lower blood pressure, create a calm atmosphere and offer a non judgmental, welcoming presence when being read to. Children and adults feel a peace and comfort when reading to or around horses, unlike the pressure one might feel reading to another person. Children relate the positive experience with horses while reading, which reinforces that reading can be a fun, interactive experience. Animals, such as miniature horses, help children connect to their books. The social skills of children can also improve by talking about what they have read to the horses. We have seen victims of trauma open up to animals, where with a person, they remained silent.
Our goal is to make a difference, in the plummeting literacy rate, with California being the lowest in the nation. We want to encourage kids to read, offering them a safe space with a wonderful listener in a horse body that will encourage children to want to show up, to want to pick up a book and learn with excitement with the support and encouragement of their equine friends.
Please consider partnering with us,to make a difference in our future, our communities,
and our neighboring, underserved communities as we provide literacy outreach to those of lessor means
Certified Wise Equine Assisted Coach, through Wisdom Ranch and Counseling and certified Horse Powered Reading® facilitator, an equine assisited learning program develouped by Dr Michele Pickel PHD of Concordia University, we bring, with our skilled horse tutors, a unique experiental learning experience that ensures fun while learning in a way that secures learned skills while turning learning into play, in a classroom without walls.
Mr. Ed could talk, our horse's can teach
Storytime with horses is a not for profit endevour. We aim, not to make money but to make a difference. This service is offered, at no charge, based on public funding. We need your help. We are not yet registered as a non profit, which simply means your donations are not tax deductable. If you would like to support this endevour, financially, prayerfully, book donations or your time, together we can make a difference. Literacy affects us all. Lets help them read