Books in the Barn
Mini Day Camp
Summer Reading Program at Freedom Farm
The 'Books in the Barn' summer reading program sessions were filled to capacity! We had 30 kids go through the program. Our students improved their reading skills reading to the horses and created friendships.
Here is Peter’s experience through his mom’s words…
“Reading for Peter is all about confidence. Before Peter starting riding he didn’t have a lot of confidence in himself but the horses at Freedom Farm have this amazing power to build confidence in their riders. I believe this is what happened with Books in the Barn, Peter was “with” the horse which gave him the confidence he needed to read, which boosted his self-esteem, hence improving his reading skills.
I would also like to add that kids with low confidence and self-esteem don’t like to talk aloud, but since the horse can’t talk back and only gives unconditional love to the child it helps the child feels safe in reading aloud, which makes them better readers.” by Patricia, Peter’s Mom
Objective: To provide an opportunity for students to improve their reading skills and learn about horsemanship through stories, games and creative activities about horses, as well as interactive experiences with the horses of Freedom Farm.
This program is designed to encourage appropriate, cooperative, social interactions among peers while providing fundamental information for safely working around horses.
Participants learn safety rules, basic horse behaviors and body language, equine anatomy, and grooming techniques.
Participants will receive copies of the books read and an equine handbook, with activities completed during the program.
Brief discussion of day’s activities
Read as a group, taking turns
Review story through a game
Hands-on experience with horses
Complete handbook activity related to the day’s topic
Horse/Barn art project
Susie Bjorklund, Founder/PATH Certified Instructor
Lisa Schabo, PATH Certified Instructor
Cindi Koopmeiners, licensed Minnesota teacher