Private Reading Tutoring with Hank the Therapy Dog

2-4 Hour Experience at Your Home

This is a tailored reading tutoring Experience for children learning to read and those struggling with any components of English Language Arts (i.e. spelling, phonics, decoding, blending, segmenting, etc.). Hank is a therapy dog in the R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dog) Program. He goes into schools and libraries where kids read to him in a one-on-one tutoring session. These teacher-supervised sessions help students practice reading aloud, and gain confidence in their abilities by reading to a judgement-free, furry friend. If your child is shy or fearful reading to humans, give Hank a try!

Teacher Sarah will do a brief Q&A with parents prior to the session to get a feel for what aspects of reading the child needs the most assistance with, and the Experience will be tailored accordingly. At the end of the 2-hours, kids get to keep the book they read to Hank so that they can continue to practicing on their own. Also available as a learning series of 4+ Experiences.

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About Sarah

Early Childhood Educator & Musical Theater Teacher

Sarah's passion for the arts inspires her teaching philosophy, and she incorporates creativity and creative expression no matter the subject. Her background in both musical theater and education gives her the ability to think outside-the-box and engage kids in highly-immersive, hands-on experiences that fit their interests and encourage them to explore and learn in new ways. Sarah is quick to laugh, and connects easily with students of all ages.

Sarah has a BFA in Musical Theatre and a Master's in Early Childhood Education. With a Master's concentration in Curriculum and Instruction, Sarah is skilled at developing engaging Experiences that are in line children's age, emotional, and/or developmental level. She has over 12 years of experience working with children from infants to 12 year old's, and holds a Colorado teaching certification for ages birth through grade level 2.

Sarah is vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.

* Fully-vetted, background checked, and interviewed

What Parents are Saying

We LOVED everything about Grasshopper! The customer service experience was exceptional! I felt like so much intentionality was taken to ensure that the activity would be both age appropriate and fun for my kids. Our experience leader was so easy going and chatted with the kids during the experience, and really took the time to engage and get to know them. We are definitely going to be using Grasshopper again! Thank you!

- Mandi B.

Grasshopper offered my daughter an opportunity to learn in a vibrant, fun setting that was continuously customized for her attention span and interests. Her Grasshopper teacher was fun, engaging and supremely personable. She took the time to get to know my daughter before diving into anything. I felt more than comfortable leaving my daughter in such capable hands…and love that she truly learned some new things from the experience. We will be using Grasshopper regularly to broaden her horizons and expose her to new concepts in a safe and compelling way. The icing on the cake is that the experience took place in our home, at a time that was convenient for us!

- Lauren G.

Our Grasshopper experience was amazing! I have four very curious kids at different ages with different interests, and the experience had all four of them engaged the whole time. Also, as an educator, I was very impressed with how the teacher led the program. She obviously knew what she was doing, and the minute she left, my kids were asking for another experience.

- Sarah L.