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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Horse Tales: Horace Mann Elementary completes Horse Tales Literacy Project

  • Students at Horace Mann Elementary participated in the third and final installment in the Horse Tale Literacy Project, Friday, April 25. The C-Bar Horsemanship program helped ignite the program within the school.
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  • Students at Horace Mann Elementary participated in the third and final installment in the Horse Tale Literacy Project, Friday, April 25. The C-Bar Horsemanship program helped ignite the program within the school.
    First grade students at Horace Mann have invested over six weeks to this program. Previously, each child received a book and over a six week period, they would learn the material and read it to the horse on Field Day.
    During Field Day, students were divided into different groups. From there, students rotated to 12 different stations during a seven minute interval.
    The 12 different stations include the following: reading to the horse, grooming a horse, roping skills, parts of a horse, cowboy clothes relay, horse trail braiding, understanding tack, horseshoe pitching, stick horse races, cowboy bandanas, a petting area and a mock ride.
    The children who participated in the program received a certificate and another book to take home after the completion of the festivities on Field Day.
    C-Bar took several precautions to help prepare for this event. Alongside 75 students attending, OBU students and 12 other volunteers helped make this event happen.
    Cassie Flora, first grade teacher at Horace Mann, explained the impact this program has had on her class room.
    “A lot of our students don’t have a real connection with animals; this program allows them to experience that connection.”
    Heidi Garlow, another first grade teacher, discussed the educational impact this program has brought to her students.
    “Educationally, it has taught them about horses and how important education can be.”
    Shawna Keene, first grade teacher at Horace Mann, distinguished specific reading tools that her students have gained over this six week process.
    “It has helped them with their fluency, exposed them to different words and broadens their vocabulary.”
    Principal of Horace Mann, Susan Fields, highlighted the support the community has given to this new program the students are participating in.
    “People want to do the right thing for children and that is what our community is about.”
    Fields additionally outlined how the reading aspect has benefited the school.
    “Any time you can get children to read, will be a great gain. Students can now feel confident reading.”
    Linda McElroy, member of the Board of Directors at C-Bar, emphasized how the stations were created for the children to experience.
    “We saw a list of potential ideas. We had to include a station focusing on the children reading to the horse, but mixed the idea of things educational about horses with activities that would be fun.”
    McElroy also commented on how the program has benefited to the children.
    “Encouraging the children to read is an awesome program.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Lastly, Flora explained the hopes she has for this program and her gratitude to those involved in making this program possible.
    “We would love for this program to be an annual event. We are extremely grateful for the donors who helped the children receive two books during their participation in C-Bar’s program.”
     
     
     

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