When I first heard the topic I thought BUNNIES, I can talk about Bunnies and then hmm.. but how can I tie that into homeschooling. As much as I love to talk about bunnies, I need to honour the group that I am working through right? :)
It got me to thinking about how the bunnies have helped in many different ways with schooling and just with general life topics.
1. Why do just these mice always try to jump out of their cages?
Watching what animals do is so enlightening. We have house of mice, that the mice are always able to get out of. It's given my son a reason to observe them and realize how mice are able to use other things to get to where they want to. How, just like a cat does, they look at what is around them and learn to measure distances.
People learn and grow too. We see what is around us and use it, hopefully for our betterment. Not all will do this though. Just as one group of mice is filled with explorer mice, the rest of our mice are very content to stay where put. People are no different, God made us all different. Many are content to be led, while others are leaders, there is room for both.
2. Look how nice Milo is, keeping me company while I read!
The companionship that animals provide can be an excellent distraction and a way for a boy to keep busy with his hands while he's busy using his eyes.
The different ways God meets the needs of his people amaze me. When my son was learning to read, his cat was always there with him. Settling his heart and body so his mind focused.
3. Why do I have to take care of the mice before breakfast?
Learning to put the needs of others before himself is an important lesson for any child to learn. It's also a good talking point about what responsibility means.
The Lord God gave us dominion over the earth. Told us to take charge and care for all that he provided us with. That's a responsibility we need to take seriously.
4. Why do they talk so much when we have the guinea pigs all alone?
Did you know that guinea pigs don't like to be alone, and that what one guinea pig does, the rest of them will often copy? This means that if one is alone, it will call for the rest of the herd. If the herd is all together one one notices a favourite food is coming, it'll call out and the rest of the herd will join in?
God calls us to be in fellowship with each other. Just like guinea pigs do best when part of a herd, God's people do best if they are part of a body of believers, encouraging, teaching, strengthening each other.
1. Financial responsibility. It costs money to house, feed and protect animals. Choices need to be made about what is the wisest way to spend dollars.
2. Entrepreneurial skills. Talking to customers, managing your business, selecting for temperament, colour, and type, advertising, and more. Creating care sheets and learning great communication skills.
3. Life starts and ends. Animals are born, animals die. animals get sick. How does one manage this? Vet care, do it yourself care, watching healthy animals points the way to knowing what an unhealthy animal looks like, good observation skills are a must.
4. Not everyone is caring. Sadly in our years of caring for animals we have need to rescue some animals. It's saddens our hearts to see how uncaring some folks are about their animals. Sometimes it's deliberate, other times it's simply lack of knowledge, either way it just very sad when animals are treated poorly and need to be brought back to good health.
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