First graders at Horace Mann Elementary took learning outdoors Friday for an afternoon with horses.

First graders at Horace Mann Elementary took learning outdoors Friday for an afternoon with horses.

C-Bar Horsemanship hosted the Horse Tales literacy event, in collaboration with book sponsor Avedis Foundation. C-Bar Horsemanship’s Charla Bundy said the Florida-based project is curriculum focused.

“The goal of the program is to motivate first graders with the love of learning and the love of reading,” she explained.

Principal Susan Field detailed the program’s two parts, beginning with Friday’s experience.

“They brought out a horse and they gave each of our first graders a book. For the next six weeks, the children will practice reading the book” Field said, adding teachers have the corresponding curriculum.

April 24, students will travel to C-Bar Horsemanship for Horse Tales Field Day. There, youth will rotate through 12 equine-centered stations.

“One station is the opportunity to read the book they’ve been practicing to a horse,” she said, noting 30 Oklahoma Baptist University student volunteers will assist.

Field added learning extends beyond the literacy aspect.

“Some of our kids that touched a horse today, they’ve never even touched one before,” she said.

At the April event, children will enjoy a picnic before receiving a second book to take home.

For more information about the program, visit www.horsetalesliteracy.org.