The Pet Care Trust, a non-profit foundation that works to promote public understanding of the joys and benefits of pets, has sponsored a program called Pets in the Classroom. This program helps teachers by awarding them grants to be used to purchase a new pet or supplies for a new or existing pet. The goal of Pets in the Classroom is to establish healthy child-pet relationships at an early age by supporting responsible pet care in classrooms across the U.S. and Canada.
Pets can teach children many important skills, including responsibility, respect, and sensitivity. And in the classroom, pets can make learning more fun. Think of all the fun ways pets can help in all subject matters:
- Math – How much does a hamster weigh?
- Science – What does a snake eat?
- Geography – What part of the world do ferrets come from?
- Grammar – What words would we use to describe a goldfish?
In 2011, the program awarded more than 7,000 grants of up to $150 each to eligible teachers in grades K-6. This means a total of more than 210,000 children are able to interact with a pet daily in their classrooms.
Did you have a pet in your classroom growing up? What did you learn from the pet?