Tag: Literacy


Horse Tales Literacy Project

Horse Tales in Belle Glade, FL


Ah, Spring. That time of year for showers and flowers.
And final projects, final papers and the end of school!

And the Black Stallion reading program is coming to a classroom near you!
The program has tightened up over the last few years but, like NASA – lighter, cheaper and faster!
We keep moving along.

Here’s an article from out in Oklahoma where the first grade is having a wonderful time with Little Black, a Pony.

Take a look:

If your school never has had the program before, maybe next year is the year. Click here; http://wildhorsetales.org/


Don’t forget if you need a little luck for the Preakness race this Saturday you might want to pick up a Bucephalus of your very own.
The Black Stallion hardback now on sale at 50% off during the TRIPLE CROWN races!!

as always – thanks for reading … and writing!

Horse Tales and Florida Literacy Week

Horse Tales Literacy Project had a big week! Lots of excitement and fun for everyone (even for the mounted police)!

Here is the article in the local news – Orlando Sentinel;

Many youngsters, particularly boys, who struggle to read find that much of the reading material available is not interesting to them.

Organizers of “Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!” a statewide reading initiative that runs from Jan. 23 to 27, are trying to keep that divide in mind. A kickoff event held at Sadler Elementary in Orange County earlier this month involved a visit by a race car themed with this year’s “Take the Lead and Read” motif.

And on Tuesday, the Arabian Nights Dinner Theater in Kissimmee will be hosting first-graders from Ivey Lane Elementary School in Orange County to meet the Black Stallion. (They’ll also get to see the ”Take the Lead and Read” race car).

As part of the Horse Tales Literacy Project, students got to meet a horse at their school before they started to read a book about horses. According to Lindsey Von Broembsen with Horse Tales Literacy, a nonprofit that uses horses to encourage reading, the Ivey Lane students have read “Little Black, A Pony” by Walter Farley.

The Arabian Nights visit will precede their introduction to a second book, the sequel, “Little Black Goes to the Circus.”

The students will get to learn about horse care at the Arabian Nights event. They will meet four horses to learn about horseshoes, feed/hay, grooming and tack (saddles and bridles). The students also have the opportunity to read to a horse at each station.

“Letting them see them as real horses connects them to what they are reading and motivates them to read,” Von Broembsen said.

One of my favorite books about literacy, “Reading Don’t Fix No Chevys” by Michael Smith, makes the point that students, particularly boys and struggling readers, will make the effort to read if they connect with a book. Initiatives like this are perfectly aligned to get youngsters interested in reading.

Thanks for reading … and writing!

Tim Farley

On the Road again!

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Hey there cowpokes! Time to saddle up once again and head out for the ride across the nation. Thought you’d like to see the line up for the 2009 Black Stallion Literacy Foundation road show … coming to an arena near you.
Oh yeah, the pictures are of my daughter, Miranda, in Ecuador doing some environmental research on the Galapagos islands … she’s in college at Santa Clara … go Miranda Farley!

the road show;
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