We have two new amazing DGS community members, who happen to be super fluffy. This week, each group has been learning about how to care for the bunny’s
as well as how to interact with them. Bunny care will be part of the weekly farm
One of my favorite ways to introduce new animals to students is through meditation. What is bunny meditation? We become very still and quiet on the inside as well as outside to support our bunnies in feeling calm, peaceful, and supported. This is a beautiful practice that brings peace and ease to our students but also teaches them compassion and empathy for animals. Through stillness,
they learn how to approach and interact with the bunnies. We can see the bunnies respond to our stillness and become comfortable with us.
There is a growing body of research that demonstrates the benefits of children interacting with animals. According to the Academy of Children and Adolescent Psychiatry, caring for animals can contribute to a child's self-esteem, self-confidence, communication, compassion, and empathy. Having positive relationships with pets can also support the development of trusting relationships with others. The responsibility that comes with caring for animals is also another amazing learning and growth opportunity for children.