READING DOLLS INSPIRE SAFE SPACES TO EXPLORE LITERACY
Imagining A New Friend
Literacy can be a challenge for people of all ages. The STOLO methodology promotes the text-to-text, text-to-self, text-to-world T2TSW concept. This helps people to identify the appropriate verbiage to express themselves in various circumstances. A 2010 study showed that children who read to dogs excel at literacy. Some children don't have access to pets, but the concept of a reading doll can inspire children to feel safe and practice reading.
We used 1/4 yard of fabric remnants and traced a doll shape, 2 rectangular pieces of another type of fabric to create hair, and some fiberfill to create softness in the body.
IMAGINING THEIR PURPOSE
The doll is purposefully gender ambiguous and the fabric is tailored to the highest calling of the young reader. They get to explore the time, space, and topics they'll pursue with their reading dolls.
STOLO encourages that we develop more language to align with the world around us, not less. It is our hope that these dolls will inspire young readers to articulate what we cannot yet see in the 21st century.
Imaginations in action
This young reader is in pre-school and takes her doll with her to school to share with her classmates.