Learning through Animal Care
Animals are an active part of our day at In a Child’s Path. Whether we are petting our rabbits or listening to our song birds, animals are an important aspect of the learning that takes place at our school. At our Big House we have Rosie the rabbit, four baby chicks, a saltwater fish tank, and two finches. At the Little House we have two finches and two freshwater fish tanks.
Taking care of pets makes people happy. It teaches the children compassion, empathy and sympathy, offers sensory stress relief, and provides companionship. The animals require responsibility and a daily routine, which are skills that are important for the children to learn. And, knowing that the animals are dependent on the children for their care gives children a sense of pride in a job well done.