Product Code:
541563 (Softbound)
978-1-60554-156-3 (Softbound)
Age Focus: 3-8
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Published by Redleaf Press

Understand the value of connecting animals and children

From family pets and wild animals to toys, stuffed animals, and media images, animals are a central part of every child's landscape. This book examines the reasons why children should interact and connect with real animals, and it identifies the rich learning that results. You'll find heaps of foundational support and practical ideas to create authentic experiences that bring children and all kinds of species of animals together—including many adaptations if live animals are not permitted in your setting.

Connecting Animals and Children in Early Childhood

  • Examines the basic qualities that make animals so appealing to children
  • Explains how animals impact children's cognitive, social-emotional, and inter- and intrapersonal development and growth
  • Includes an overview of the many ways animals are present in children's lives
  • Introduces authentic experiences with animals that are supportive of children's understanding and learning, and respectful to both animals and people
  • Provides real-life examples of how to bring animals into your classroom with suggestions for planning, ideas for finding the right pet, and resources for making experiences meaningful, relevant, and joyful for children

184 pages

About Patty Born Selly

Patty Born is  the author of three books for those who work with young children, including Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth and Connecting Animals and Young Children—both more..