RedRover Readers: Volunteer Resources
Resources & Curriculum to implement the RedRover Readers program
As a RedRover Readers volunteer, you will need a variety of documents and resources when leading visits in your community.
If you have questions about the materials provided here or need assistance, please contact RedRover at (916) 429-2457 or Readers@RedRover.org.
Discussion & Activity Guides
Academic Content Standards
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Resources for a Successful RedRover Readers Visit
Max Talks to Me: Dog Position Activity
Max Talks to Me: Virtual Extension Activity Slides
Canine Body Language Coloring Page created by Sarah Wilson
Canine Body Tip Sheet created by Sarah Wilson
Animal Behavior in the Discussion and Activity Guides
Preference Test Activity
Play-based activities in program
Student participation certificate
Volunteer Code of Conduct
Use this letter of introduction to add your information and information about the locations you want to reach out to.
Include a brochure (or a printed flier) along with the Letter of Introduction to provide context.
RedRover Readers Book Loan
Book loans are available for active RedRover Readers volunteers who are having difficulty locating the program's books on their own.
Use these as outlines when making two or more successive visits to the same group of children to help reinforce key concepts and maximize children’s retention.
RedRover Readers Information
The RedRover Readers program promotes empathy by presenting powerful stories, encouraging children to put themselves in the place of animals, and asking questions that promote critical thinking. A 2009 pilot study of the RedRover Readers program (then called the Humane Education Ambassador Readers) conducted by Inverness Research, Inc. suggests that the program:
- Builds self-esteem and motivates students to take an important subject seriously.
- Stimulates additional student-directed learning.
- Builds students’ knowledge and potentially affects their behaviors related to caring for pets.
- Builds students’ empathy and compassion for pets.
Other Humane Education Training Programs
RedRover recommends the Certified Humane Education Specialist (CHES) online courses provided by Academy of Prosocial Learning (APL).
RedRover Readers volunteers get 10% off the Certified Humane Education Specialist (CHES). Enter “RedRover10” when registering.
RedRover Readers volunteers get 10% off the Certified Humane Education Specialist (CHES) courses through the Academy of Prosocial Learning (APL). Enter “RedRover10” when registering.
RedRover is currently partnering with the Stockton Unified School District to bring the RedRover Readers program to children in those elementary schools.
RedRover is currently partnering with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to teach pre-service teachers how to use the RedRover Readers curriculum.