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    The role of animals in preschool education

    Animals in the classroom play an important role in early childhood education. 

    Children unconsciously gain academic knowledge about different types of animals with first-hand observation and interaction.

    They learn the characteristics of each species and what is needed to keep them safe and healthy.

    The Montessori School has representatives of six different types of animals.

    They have a guinea pig for mammals, goldfish for fish, a red-ear slider turtle for reptiles, a parakeet for birds, fire-belly toads for amphibians, and crickets for insects.

    Relationships with animals are important for the development of empathy.

    Children learn how to be caretakers and to appreciate animals as living creatures with feelings.

    Being with an animal may also prompt children to speak without the worry of being in the spotlight or of not being understood.  This builds the child’s sense of self-confidence, social skills, and speech in a non-judgmental way. 

    The Montessori School, located at 501 W. Maple Avenue in Morrisville, is an independent preschool through kindergarten.

    For more information call 215-295-1170 or visit www.TMS-Montessori.com.