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All about dogs


All about dogs

What to do with this activity?

If your child is interested in dogs, encourage them to learn as much about dogs as they can. 

Check out the website dogtime.com. It has pictures and information on over 200 dog breeds, all arranged alphabetically. There are even more breeds than that, and a lot of dogs that are "mongrels" (a mixture of more than one breed of dog). It's amazing to think that all the breeds belong to just one species. Most experts believe that all dog breeds are descended from the grey wolf of Central Asia.

Ask your child which are their favourite breeds judging from the pictures? Can they pick their top ten?

There's a lot of information, so don't get bogged down - we suggest you just read the top few lines on each dog. 

Also, enjoy these dog facts from Science kids and more information for children about dogs from Paws.org


  • Why am I doing this?

    It’s important to encourage whatever reading your child is doing at this age. Children have their own interests and hobbies so they will be more inclined to read information about these subjects. Having comics, papers or magazines around the house will make it easier for your child to get into reading. Your child might find it appealing to read online and you might like that the book can be read by an automated voice. E books can be looked at when you are on the move, making sure that your child is careful with your computer or phone.

  • How can I do more?

    Your child might like to read a section of the newspaper or a magazine – the sports, fashion or cooking sections - depending on their interests. They might like to read a short piece from a newspaper and underline facts with a pen and opinion with a pencil. You can then talk about the difference between fact and opinion (there are good examples in sports writing). Encourage your child to read instructions for mending bikes, building models and playing new games.

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