The best 2 methods of teaching about animals to children

Children are a joy to teach; especially the younger minds that are so eager to learn. Like many other children across the globe, if your little one is also beginning to talk and “pick up” certain words and phrases, then we’re sure you feel it’s time to begin their education. After all, it is the age where (most) children absorb knowledge like a sponge—which means you have to be extra careful about what they see and hear.

Enrolling them to play school is definitely an option; as most playschools enroll children as young as 2 years old now a-days. But if you feel that your child is yet too small to stay away from you, even for those few hours of “school”, then we are not going to argue with you; after all, the parents know their child best!

If you are looking for ways to teach your child about the animals we share our world with, then here are a few of our suggestions on doing it, the fun way!

Knowledge through games and fun

If your child is very young, then it’s possible that they may not understand the concept of learning and teaching. This will obviously be a problem if you try to get them seated in one place to teach them the animals. Instead, try learning in the fun way. Flash cards are a tried and successful method when it comes to teaching, and when you add technology to it, you get games and apps that work quite well as flash cards. Whether you install these games to your laptop, your iPad of your mobile phone is up to you. But if you’re reluctant to introduce your child to technology a little too early, then remember that the old fashioned flash cards and “sound toys” (with animal sounds) still work quite well.

A field trip to visit the animals

If you think your child is fascinated by animals after they watched animal plant, then you’ll be blown away by their response to animals after their first field trip. This could be either to the zoo, or even to a local farm to learn about farm animals. It’s true, most zoo animals are not taken good care of, and you might feel reluctant to expose your children to such environments; but we think this depends on the zoo you select. Take a quick visit to the zoo by yourself before you take you impressionable child, and see for yourself if it’s “safe” for your child’s young mind. Though less dramatic, you could do the same with the farms; just to be safe!

Though the above two methods are the best in our opinion, we do admit that even doing “animal crafts” (coloring, origami etc.) are also a good method to introduce your child to the world of animals…

Things to consider before introducing a pet to your household

Take a mini walk down memory lane, and have a peek at your childhood. If you were like most children around the world, then 2 of your biggest request from your parents (or demands—depending on the kind of child you were) would have been for tree houses/a fort and a pet. Fast forward a few decades and now, your own child will be badgering you for these same things.

Perhaps, with the growing of time, your child’s needs and wants are a little different from your own; but the need to own, to love a furry friend would hardly disappear, even in the years to come.

Strangely, owning a pet in your childhood might have felt like a breeze in comparison to now. With modernization, our homes and our lifestyles have all changed and evolved. Here are a few things that you need to consider, before you cave in to your child’s request for a pet.

Is your home or apartment suitable for a pet?

Like we mentioned earlier, most of our homes are modernized. Delicate houses with delicate furniture and delicate decorations are hardly the correct place for a frisky puppy or kitten to grow up in. If you already have children, especially young children, then it’s quite possible that you’ve already been through the stage where you have to “baby safe” the house. Remember that getting a pet will make you go through this phrase all over again. Also, if you live in an apartment, it’s best to check out the building’s pet policies—just in case!

Do you have the time and energy to invest on it?

Adopting a pet is very much like raising a child. Though you may be willing to provide a home for it, and provide it with its needs, you should also understand that they (both children and pets) need your time and attention as well. If you’re already stressed out with work, and if you’re already tired most of the day running behind your child (or children); perhaps you should rethink this decision. After all, most young pets need to be trained, and are prone to a lot of accidents. Training them and making sure they don’t vandalize your home might be a little tough with your plate already full.

The age of your child

This kind of relates to the above. No matter how well their persuasion skills are, if your child is too young, then it’s best to wait until you adopt a pet–especially a puppy or a kitten. Not only will it make it a little dangerous (both the germs and the accidents), it will also increase your work load, as you’ll have to take care of both young friends. Therefore, consider your child’s age, and your responsibilities regarding your children before you adopt and bring home a furry friend for them.