Mind + Heart
Animal Kindness Foundation strongly believes that teaching the younger generations to be kind to animals and emphasizing the importance of extending compassion and consideration to other living beings, is an important and valuable life lesson. Today, life coping skills are not a required component of the school curriculum. Implementing humane education into their daily classroom lessons, equips learners with the tools necessary to think critically about the real-world challenges affecting humans, animals, the environment and to work together to identify creative and impactful solutions for a better, brighter future. Compassion, kindness, care and concern shouldn’t be limited to any particular gender, race, age group or even species. In fact, having these emotional connections to the most vulnerable of our fellow earthlings (i.e. other animals, particularly under human care) is often seen as the most telling sign of a person’s capacity for the traits we hold most sacred.
We are reaching out and connecting with teachers to offer free in-person special class presentations and after-school safe key programs to students in various school settings. Our goal and responsibility is to promote humane interactions between companion animals and people. Humane education is the key to achieving “a world where all have the passion and skills solve the most pressing challenges of our time.” Ensuring that through our daily choices, work and acts of citizenship, we make choices that do the most good and least harm for ourselves, other people, animals, and the earth.
The Animal Kindness Foundation would like to recognize Mutt-i-grees, a wonderful organization that is simpatico with our mission and vision to share social and emotional learning within our communities.
Mutt-i-grees has graciously allowed their curriculums to be shared digitally until June 30, 2020, to give youth positive exposure and learning experiences that embodies kindness, compassion and empathy during this uncertain time. We would like to thank Mutt-i-grees for making their materials available. The Curriculum was developed by Yale University’s School of the 21st Century in partnership with North Shore Animal League America.
Launched in 2010, Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum uses the natural affinity between kids and pets to teach social-emotional learning (SEL) skills that are critical to academic success and a successful life. Where would we be in our lives without empathy, self-confidence, teamwork and ethical decision-making. What makes their program unique is its experiential component, via humane education, they connect students to the plight of shelter animals and the importance of rescue. Students who take this journey and learn how shelter animals make the best companions and that all of us — including kids — have the power to make a positive difference in our communities and in the lives of homeless animals. The Mutt-i-Grees Curriculum is an innovative Pre-K-Grade 12 social emotional learning program. During these uncertain times the social and emotional well-being of students is more essential than ever. As such Mutt-i-grees is proud to offer FREE access to all of their digital content from now through June 30, 2020. Their program is designed to develop empathy, resiliency and an awareness of oneself and other in the world creating a more humane future. Curriculums for all age groups are available for download from their website: https://education.muttigrees.org. A few samples are attached below via.