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How pets / animals support child's learning?

- The child, while caring for pets / animals, learns to express love, respect and compassion to other living beings.

- Caring for animals provides the child the opportunity to learn responsibility while feeding them or cleaning after them.

- This also creates an interrelation between them, making them more aware of animals needs and others.

- The child learns grace and courtesy lessons while practicing a gentle and respectful way of treating animals. This experience extends those concepts to their interactions with others.

- Provides children the opportunity to learn about science, zoology and other subjects that will construct the child's thinking. When caring for animals, the child develops a problem-solving thinking. For example: the child has to observe the animal, learn about it, grow in curiosity, ask questions, make hypotheses and find answers.

- Also, the child acquires the skill to interpret non-verbal language expressed by the animal and recognize when the animal wants to have space for itself.

- Nonetheless, the child will gain an increasing self-confidence when interacting with pets/animals and others around them.

To start practicing this activity at home, it is recommended to set up a station with containers with limited food and water. Fill up the container with the exact amount of food or water needed if is a young child. If is an older child, have a scoop / jug for the child to scoop the food and pour water as needed. Talk about feeding schedules and quantities and practice with the child how to look after the animal. Then allow the child to do this activity on their own.

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