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Beyond the Lesson Book: Pets

Pets with Homeschooler

One of the best things about home education is that it opens opportunities for learning that simply can not fit more traditional schedules.  We will take a regular look at some irregular ways to maximize learning opportunities.   Pets are a great place to start.  Certainly I understand that children in public school have pets.  I also understand that time shortages exist.  Our lifestyle lends itself to getting the most out of every experience!

In a homeschool setting, the responsibility for caring for a pet covers a much broader spectrum than simply seeing him a few hours a day.  Housetraining a puppy is an all-day proposition and waiting is not an option for a puppy.  Both necessary tasks (I.e. English) and fun times (I.e. TV shows) alike bow to the needs of a puppy.  Managing interruptions, sacrificing time, putting another (even if it is a four-legged other) are critical character concerns a puppy can teach.  As a child ages, even night-time needs can become their challenge…a slow start in the morning will not upset the entire day!

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