During the Fall semester our younger students at our Brooklyn Campus took a close look at “Animal Justice”. Students discussed how animals and humans interact, they learned about animal rescue, pet responsibility, endangered species, zoological studies and more through a variety of hands-on learning experiences.
One aspect of animal justice that the children wanted to learn about was what it means to have a pet. The students wanted to learn what responsibilities come with pet ownership and what that relationship means not just to the person but to the pet. To get firsthand knowledge of pet ownership the kids took a field trip and picked out a pet hamster. They selected his cage and accessories and spent the semester diligently feeding the hamster, cleaning his cage, and making sure all of his needs were met. They held him and cuddled him, and watched him play. They came to learn that having a pet was a lot of work, but that the reward of the love of the animal was worth it.
As a follow up to the concept of pet ownership as it relates to animal justice, the students found a recipe for homemade dog biscuits and made up a large batch which they then sold to raise money for the SPCA. Because, as the students learned, not every pet has a home and someone to love them and that owning a pet isn’t just a big responsibility, it’s also a big expense. All of the proceeds from the sale of the biscuits were given to the local SPCA and a field trip to see the fruits of their labor has been planned.
Another aspect of Animal Justice is that of animal preservation and zoological studies. Instead of taking a trip to the local zoo, the students went in another direction and created their own zoo. Each student selected an animal to learn about and created one of their own out of paper mache. They then prepared a report on the animal along with information on why the animal is often found in a zoo. It culminated in a classroom that was transformed into a zoo full of paper mache animals and reports that were shown to visitors and schoolmates alike, just as you would find at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.
What better way to learn than to experience all of these things first hand. It’s opportunities like these that set The Children’s Guild apart from the rest and make it a wonderful place for children to reach their full potential.