We are very lucky to have wonderful pets in our classroom. Students enjoy learning, feeding, and taking care of their classroom pets. We have a beautiful Red Eared Slider turtle called "Baby Girl" and many colorful freshwater fish.
On Fridays, we receive the special visit of "Brasil", the sweetest dog, and his owner Don Smith from the READ Program ( Reading Education Assistance Dogs). Students take turns during guided reading to read their favorite books to their furry friend.
Fish & Turtle Tank
"Ayka" Mrs. Johnson's dog
Pets Enrich the Classroom Experience
• Even kids with no exposure to animals or nature in their home environment can see, feel, touch and make connections to the wide world of animals.
• Observing and caring for an animal instills a sense of responsibility and respect for life.
• A pet brings increased sensitivity and awareness of the feelings and needs of others—both animals and humans.
• Kids learn that all living things need more than just food and water for survival.
• Students will see directly how their behavior and actions affect others.
• Studies show that the presence of animals tends to lessen tension in the classroom.
A Child’s Health, Education and Welfare
Caring for pets in the classroom is one way of improving school attendance and teaching children about responsibility.
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