Animals and Children: Valuable Connections

  • November 19, 2016

I have observed, as have many others, that something special seems to happen to children in the presence of animals. They are calmer, more curious, and more joyful.

Can children’s natural love for—and curiosity about—animals be dovetailed into meaningful encounters with animals in the classroom? Are encounters with animals really that important? Do they have any real impact on children’s development? Can early childhood educators provide children with meaningful connections with animals, even if they can’t have animals in the classroom?

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