Hello all. I didn’t plan on writing a post tonight but a lot of the material I get is from my day to day life. So when this happened today, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write about it in the form of a little story. Here goes…
“Once upon a time there were 23 school age children and 4 teachers that walked to a park for a class trip. The children decided to play hide & seek when all of a sudden one of the boys who was hiding in a bush came out running. He was getting stung by bees.
Soon all of the children and the teachers were running from a boat load of bees chasing them around at the park. Many of them are now getting stung.
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 →
Some of you know that I absolutely love the Red Rover Readers program! I have talked about it before here on my blog. I want so much to make a difference in this world for animals. I always pray that there will be more and stronger laws. But then when I think about this program, I think maybe we need to focus more on human beings and how they treat animals instead of solely relying on the law to take care of it. After all, when the law steps in the damage has already been done.
The Red Rover Readers program is all about teaching empathy. Empathy to animals ultimately helps human beings. As I have pointed out in other posts of mine, there is research that proves the link between animal cruelty and human violence. Children are our future, so we need to start with them to make a change.
Some of you also know I work at a place that cares for children. I took the Red Rover Readers course a few years ago and have been working on implementing it in the classrooms. Just last week one of the classrooms & I read one of the books that is part of this program to the children and held a discussion with the children about how they think the dog felt by looking at his face/posture. I took a picture per the instructions for a drawing, sent it in, and we won!
I was just recently told that in Wisconsin a new bill will mean there is no longer an age limit on hunting. This means even a Toddler could hunt.
Although I do have my own thoughts and opinions about hunting, I want to make it clear at the beginning of this post that this post is NOT about hunting itself, it is about the age one is allowed to hunt.Continue reading →
What is the first thought that pops into your head when you see a Pitbull?
It’s not unreasonable that you might be a bit nervous and unsure around them given their reputation. You hear about them attacking people and other animals all of the time. There are all kinds of articles out there saying how dangerous they are, yet on the flip side there are articles that defend them.
Personally, I do not need an article to tell me what to think. I believe Pitbulls are taught by bad people to be dangerous. I hear stories about sweet Pitbulls that are beaten (and a lot worse) so they become mad & mean. Then they will fight for awful people in dog fighting rings.
What is wrong with people that watching two sweet, precious, living, feeling beings tear each other apart and to them it is entertainment?! (My rant for the day) Continue reading →