Today I was able to say for the first time to a parent that we are adding RedRover Readers to our curriculum. I’m so excited!
I have talked about this program in other posts, but for those who may not know, it is a program that teaches children empathy for animals. It is taught by reading specific books from the RedRover Readers program and asking children questions to promote critical thinking. They are not told “this is how the animal feels” but by looking at the animals posture, face, ears, eyes, tail, etc. they can then discuss how THEY think the animal feels. Other discussions may be about their personal experiences with animals, what is happening in the book, and even how the person feels.
There is a training for teaching this program that is through redrover.org. I took the training and when we won the RedRover drawing in March this year I was able to get many of the books to get this program going.
Here I am talking with some of our teaching staff about the books & curriculum to give them a better understanding of it. Continue reading →
Does empathy for all include insects? Is it because a bug is so small in comparison to us and considered pests that our empathy might not extend to them?
This week I stepped in for a teacher to go get some water. I was only outside with the children for a few minutes when I noticed most of the group was over at the bushes. I went over to see what they were doing. This is when I saw a girl ripping the wings off of a beetle. I was shocked! This was our conversation…
Me: What are you doing, did you just rip his wings off? Girl: Yes. Me: Why? Girl: Because they’re eating our plants and making holes in them. Me: So you’re ripping their wings off for that? Girl: Yes, gardeners say to do this. Me: What? I have never heard of such a thing. What gardeners? Girl and other students: All gardeners. They’re killing all of our plants, bushes, and trees so they’re killing us. Me: They are not killing us. We don’t rip the wings off of insects, that’s cruel. That would be like someone ripping your arms off. Another girl: So, I wouldn’t care.
Group of kids went to picnic table and were all talking about it, I went over to listen and then intervened.Continue reading →