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NEW ARTICLE!! Animals in the Lives of Children, by Ruth Wilson.
The article for this month’s resources comes from Child Care Information Exchange May/June 2021 issue that has a section, Focus on Animals. As a former classroom teacher and now coach/mentor/trainer I believe strongly that having children care for pets, learn about wildlife, anything about animals gives them so many opportunities. Caring for something or someone outside of yourself, taking care of our environment, treating creatures with kindness, and so much more comes from learning about animals in meaningful and real ways. With so much focus on outside time and summer, how can children benefit from studying and caring for animals. I had many pets in my classroom from a bearded dragon (yes I know the regulations 😊!) to a ferret, to a Chinese Water Turtle and more! We studied the animals in the creek and forest near our school, we witnessed a mother turtle laying her eggs, rescued a baby duck and returned it to it’s mother and so much more! Enjoy this article, think about subscribing to CCIE as it is an amazing magazine, read the whole section that focuses on animals. “Each one of us matters, has a role to play, and makes a difference. Each one of us must take responsibility for our own lives, and above all, show respect and love for living things around us, especially each other.”
― Jane Goodall, Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey