While we know that many classrooms and homeschoolers have pet rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs, we here at Nature Gift Store think that teachers and homeschoolers could look at alternative pets that will help their students to learn about the different types of wildlife and the biodiversity of the earth.
Choosing insects or reptiles as pets may seem like an unusual choice, but fostering the interest in these types of creatures early is a great way to ensure children are not afraid of insects and reptiles later in life.
Insects play a very important role in the ecosystem – both in terms of providing food for larger creatures and also keeping plant destroying insects at bay. Ladybugs are a prime example of a helpful insect in the garden.
In addition, some insects such as worms help to aerate the soil and break down waste material into valuable and much needed compost.
Learning about insects and reptiles can be tailored so that it is age appropriate, but insects and reptiles make ideal classroom pets from kindergarten age up to high school age.
Live insect kits are perfect for teaching children about their amazing and unique life cycles. Butterflies and ladybugs, and even tadpoles, can make learning about nature fun and give children a unique opportunity to see one of the most spectacular transformations up close and personal.
However, other interesting creatures can be kept happily for years as classroom pets, such as frogs, hermit crabs, ants, worms, and sea monkeys, all offering a different learning experience and a chance to befriend a fascinating and curious creature.