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Humane Education Lessons

Overall Objective:

  • To raise awareness of the needs of animals and how our compassion and understanding of them can indirectly and gently lead to compassion and understanding of ourselves and others.
  • To raise awareness of the needs of our community and other people.
  • To feel empowered to make a difference.

We are not separate from animals, other people or this earth and once we recognize our connection to all that lives, we find peace within ourselves and we spread that peace to the world. There have been countless studies on the importance of allowing children to be exposed to animals in a way that promotes compassion. There have also been studies on the connection between violence towards animals and violence towards others.

FOUR WEEK LESSON PLAN FOCUSING ON:

Week One: General compassion overview, how we can be part of the solution

Week Two: Specific needs of dogs and pet overpopulation

Week Three: Visit to the local animal shelter

Week Four: Empowerment discussion, job opportunities in animal related fields, creation of artwork based on what was learned.

Upon completion of this four-week program, each student will be awarded a certificate.

DOG BITE PREVENTION
Not understanding what a dog needs or what he/she is thinking is crucial for minimizing or completely avoiding getting bit. We will discuss canine communication, how to be a great pack-leader. We will invite a police officer to visit us with his K-9 companion.

MORE THAN JUST AN EASTER BUNNY
We will have a brief overview of the different types of bunnies, the history of the Easter bunny. We will invite a bunny in from the local shelter.