I‘m sure most of you have heard about the abduction of the Wisconsin girl, Jayme. As we’re finding out more & more about it all, it has been told that the man who abducted her had killed a dog and had an obsession with road kill. You see my passion for animals isn’t just about my love for animals, it’s something we should all be paying attention to. Research has proven when children show signs of no empathy for animals and harm them, they most likely are just “experimenting/testing” and will move on to humans. This is why I am so passionate about educating children (and everyone) about how important it is to “pay attention” and teach empathy, kindness, & respect to animals. It could just save a life!
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
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!
This Tuesday Tale is a little different. I would like to start off with a tale about Judith. Please watch the video below.
This month teachers are celebrated and shown appreciation for what they do for children. Some of you know that I work around children and today Chipotle Restaurant was offering “Buy One, Get One.” A deal only for teachers. I came home with a veggie burrito and a veggie salad. Mmm, mmm, good! Dinner taken care of. 🙂
Which is cuter…the animals above or the bug below? Continue reading
I did this training online earlier this year. This is an awesome thing. Its teaching children empathy for animals! If you’re an educator you know this also teaches empathy to humans. Studies have shown connections.
If have teacher friends, share this with them. The more schools this program is in, the more the world will start treating animals with the respect and care God intended for them. The more we will be a part of making a change in the world.