COULD PETS HELP CHILDREN LEARN?
There is plenty of evidence to show that having pets into workplaces has really positive effects on morale.
Last week we observed the same with children. We were graced with the presence of George- a totally mixed up breed of dog with deformed paws and a wonderfully loving nature.
The children were so taken with his story- abandoned, picked up wandering the streets of Kalgoorlie, desperate for food and love and so on!
We were amazed as we watched children and dog bond and felt the sense of peace and happiness in our classroom.
Could this be a possible answer for kids who have been put off learning and need confidence, re-engagement and renewed faith in themselves?
Every now and again a child would quietly leave their chair and go give a very grateful George a huge hug! Then they would return to their work with renewed energy.
I noticed that the children who generally have problems with concentration and written work appeared to be more settled and able to engage.
We were so pleased with the result that we will try the experiment again soon and monitor what happens.
It would be interesting to see other learning centers and schools try this PET LEARNING THERAPY!
GEORGE therapy seems to work!